Liberty and Justice for Some, Repression for Others: High Court Rejects Challenge to Abortion Clinic ‘Buffer’ Zones

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from anti-abortion protesters who challenged a Massachusetts law that created a protest-free zone around the entrances and driveways of clinics. The justices offered no comment in turning down the appeal, letting stand the 2007 law that creates a 35-foot “buffer” zone around abortion clinics. Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund had filed the original suit in January 2008 on behalf of several pro-life advocates whose ability to communicate peacefully with people entering the clinics, they say, was “severely compromised” by the new law. In some instances, the new law reportedly left only about one foot of public sidewalk open to free speech, making it virtually impossible to engage in reasoned conversation.