United States: the militants opposed to abortion appeal to the Supreme Court

Publié le : 28 June 2013

 On Monday 24 June, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review a Massachusetts law that bans militants opposed to abortion from demonstrating close to clinics carrying out terminations of pregnancy in the State. This “Buffer Zone” ban is enshrined in the law passed in 2007 which makes it an offence for "any person who enters or remains within an area of 35 feet from the entrance, the exit or driveway of a reproductive healthcare facility unless they are an employee or an agent of the facility (…) acting within the scope of their employment."            

In their appeal to the Supreme Court, which will examine it in the autumn, the militants invoke the 1st and 14th amendments of the Constitution on "the freedom to demonstrate, to express one’s opinions and have equal rights." Reacting to this appeal in a press release, Dana Cody, Executive Director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, stated: "We are optimistic that the Court will not only strike down the Massachusetts law, but also revisit some of its own prior precedents."

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