Thursday, January 16, 2014

SUPREME COURT - Planned Parenthood Clinic Buffer Zones

IMHO having a buffer zone around women's health clinics DOES NOT impede free speech.  Anti-abortion types can still intercept women approaching clinics.  What they really want is to stand in front of the clinic door and impede women who wish to enter.

"Supreme Court weighs clash between freedom of speech, abortion rights" (Part-1) PBS Newshour 1/15/2014


SUMMARY:  In Massachusetts, a 35-foot restricted area outside of abortion clinics give patients and staff a buffer zone from protesters.  But as Kwame Holman reports, some say the law restricts the freedom of speech of abortion opponents.  Judy Woodruff gets a view from inside the courtroom from Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal.

"Do abortion clinic buffer zones protect public safety or restrict free speech?" (Part-2) PBS Newshour 1/15/2014

NOTE: The Supreme Court building has a buffer zone.


SUMMARY:  Pro-choice advocates believe buffer zones around abortion clinics are necessary to prevent harassment and targeted violence, while opponents feel their free speech rights are being restricted.  Judy Woodruff hears both sides of the debate from Steven Aden of Alliance Defending Freedom and Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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