Buffer Zones Too Complicated for Supreme Court?

The US Supreme Court refused to hear a case on protest-free buffer zones for abortion clinics. The case involved an ordinance in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that prohibits protesters from demonstrating within 15 feet of abortion clinics. The plaintiffs were religious, pro-life, sidewalk counselors. They contended that they did not demonstrate under the ordinance and instead "offer[ed] women entering and leaving the clinic information about abortion alternatives, post-abortion resources, prayer, and personal support." They also argued that the ordinance bars their First Amendment-protected speech. In denying the petition for certiorari, Justice Clarence Thomas cited complex preliminary questions as the reason for the refusal to hear the case. Read more...


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