SCOTUS Passes On Mass. Abortion Clinic Case

WASHINGTON — A Massachusetts law mandating a 35 foot “no speech zone” around abortion clinics will not be given further review by the Supreme Court the justices announced Monday.

The law was upheld by a lower court last year. Opponents contend the law improperly carves out an exception to First Amendment protections. “The statute makes it a crime to stand on the public sidewalk and display signs, distribute leaflets, pray in silence, or converse with willing listeners, even when there are no incoming patients in or near the zone,” lawyers for five Massachusetts residents wrote to the high court asking the justices to take the case.

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