(Cincinnati, OH) June 26, 2014 – According to the US Supreme Court decision, the suppressive and restrictive Massachusetts law regarding “buffer zones” has been struck down. The McCullen v. Coakley case addresses freedom of speech for pro-lifers in front of abortion mills.
The “buffer zone” law stated that individuals were prohibited from assembling within 35 feet of an abortion facility entrance or driveway. Plaintiff Eleanor McCullen argues that this impeded her ability to share abortion alternatives with women entering the building. The law also contained a marked bias specifically against pro-lifers as it allowed abortion facility employees to approach women within the “buffer zone” areas.
“This is a victory for both life and freedom of speech,” says Bradley Mattes, Executive Director of Life Issues Institute. “No longer will individuals face criminal penalties for merely offering women life-saving alternatives to abortion. The court made the right decision.”
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