Washington, DC – In a huge victory for pro-life activists, the U.S. Supreme Court this morning unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that established a buffer zone around abortion clinics, ruling it “inconsistent with the First Amendment.”
The Supreme Court ruled that that the buffer zone violated the First Amendment because it “restricts access to ‘public way[s]’ and ‘sidewalk[s],’ places that have traditionally been open for speech activities.”
“These buffer zones have not only denied pro-life activists their right to speak, but have also denied women the right to hear information about abortion that could be wanted and helpful to them in making a decision that will affect the rest of their lives,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are very pleased with today’s ruling that upholds our precious First Amendment rights to speak out in the public forum without interference from the abortion cartel. We know that lives will be saved as a result of this decision.”
Abortion businesses have an economic incentive for denying free speech rights outside their facilities since every woman who changes her mind about having an abortion represents money that is lost to the business.
“Today, our freedoms have been restored and we predict that buffer zone laws across America will be invalidated and free speech can once again reign on public sidewalks everywhere,” said Newman.
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