Abortion clinic denied special treatment
There has been a lot of controversy in Massachusetts regarding a 35-foot buffer zone law. This law was put in place to ensure that those wishing to visit any medical facility would not be prevented by protestors blocking the entrance.
Nevertheless, certain protestors are unhappy with this law and took their case to the First US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. However, the result came back this week and the result is that the protestors will have to adhere to this buffer zone as it was felt that this law was necessary as there have been: “repeated incidents involving violence and other unduly aggressive behaviors in the vicinity of reproductive health care facilities.”
Although the protestors are unhappy with this result, many agree that it was fair and just. One such person is Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.
In a recent statement she announced that she was “pleased that the First Circuit has upheld this important law, which enhances public safety and access to medical facilities, while preserving the right to engage in expressive activity on public ways and sidewalks near clinics.”
While it seems unlikely that the protestors will abandon their campaign, they have been thwarted for now at least.
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