On Thursday morning the Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision that Massachusetts’ thirty-five foot protest buffer zone around abortion clinics violated the First Amendment rights of protestors.
The Court maintained the ability of the state to protect people as they entered clincs, but said the state had not tried less intrusive measures of doing so before enacting the buffer zone, which was an expansion of the current zone of eight feet.
“In short, given the vital First Amendment interests at stake, it is not enough for Massachusetts simply to say that other approaches have not worked,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the other eight justices.
This was one of several unanimous decisions handed down by the high court in the past two days, along with this morning’s decision about recess appointments and yesterday’s decision about warrantless cell phone searches.
[h/t NBC News]
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