Justices to hear abortion-related case for review
June 24th, 2013
09:58 AM ET
10 months ago

Justices to hear abortion-related case for review

Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court will step back into the national debate over free speech and abortion, accepting Monday an appeal on the rights of protesters outside medical clinics.

A challenge to a Massachusetts law concerns government-mandated buffer zones set up around facilities that perform abortions.

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  1. Data Driven

    Intimidating harassment isn't free speech. This is a no-brainer: maintain the buffer zones.

    June 24, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    You have a right to protest, but you do not have a right to obstruct and hinder people from exercising their rights.

    June 24, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. rs

    This will be interesting given the conservative Court's opposition to having protesters near the Supreme Court.

    June 24, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. just sayin

    Data Driven
    Intimidating harassment isn't free speech. This is a no-brainer: maintain the buffer zones.
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    why are you lefties complaining about this??? this is your standard union type operating practice. you even went so far as to take over government buildings in wisconsin and damage them. yet you have problems when others protest in public streets. pathetic dishonest hypocrites.

    June 24, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. rs

    this is your standard union type operating practice. you even went so far as to take over government buildings in wisconsin and damage them. yet you have problems when others protest in public streets. pathetic dishonest hypocrites.
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    Hmmm, well abortion providers (who also often provide other services) are PRIVATE operations, whereas government buildings, and especially state houses are PUBLIC. Does that clarify things for you?

    June 24, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    fanatics getting in peoples' faces and harrassing them is not free speech. keep the loons and their self-righeous drivel back 30 feet

    June 24, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Steveo

    @Al-NY,NY

    fanatics getting in peoples' faces and harrassing them is not free speech. keep the loons and their self-righeous drivel back 30 feet
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    Occupy Wall Street Protesters did the very same thing and even destroyed property in Oakland, Ca. I certainly hope you felt the same back then.

    June 24, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Keep the loons at bay. They have a right to protest, but that patient has the right to bear arms and shoot them as well. Pick your poison.

    June 24, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. MaryM

    What gives anyone the right to block medical bldgs or any bldgs for that matter. Kinda sounds like the WBC, Westboro Baptist Church.

    June 24, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Steveo

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Keep the loons at bay. They have a right to protest, but that patient has the right to bear arms and shoot them as well. Pick your poison.
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    Really Dutch? Even if there is no self defense? It is one thing to have a point and another to make one up!

    June 24, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Really Dutch? Even if there is no self defense? It is one thing to have a point and another to make one up!
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    I'm just ranting and venting. However, there is no telling when the next George Tiller incident may occur when you're dealing with the lunatic right. Where's your weeping heart for Mr. Tiller? He was shot in cold blood in church. Now, the people who claim to be holier than though find it okay to kill in right of their beliefs? Sounds like the Taliban to me.

    June 24, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "take over government buildings in wisconsin and damage them."

    The claims of "damage" were thoroughly debunked. They tried to claim that it would cost something like $500,000-$750,000 to get rid of things like sticky spots on the wall where tape had been affixed to hold up a posterboard....totally ignoring that they already pay janitorial staff for the buildings in the first place.

    This law will get upheld. Protesters rights to free speech do not include the right to block access to clinics or set up "checkpoints" where they try to stop people and molest their ears with their rabid ideological nonsense in a crazed bid to get them to change their mind about having an abortion or to convince them not support the clinic by spending their money there.

    June 24, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "Hmmm, well abortion providers (who also often provide other services) are PRIVATE operations, whereas government buildings, and especially state houses are PUBLIC. Does that clarify things for you?"

    It sure doesn't. They'll scream "it's the peoples' house" when Obama cancels WH tours, but when it's tens of thousands of blue collar workers protesting attacks on their labor rights and rights to peaceably assemble, then all bets are off. IOKIYAR

    June 24, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Steveo

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Really Dutch? Even if there is no self defense? It is one thing to have a point and another to make one up!
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    I'm just ranting and venting. However, there is no telling when the next George Tiller incident may occur when you're dealing with the lunatic right. Where's your weeping heart for Mr. Tiller? He was shot in cold blood in church. Now, the people who claim to be holier than though find it okay to kill in right of their beliefs? Sounds like the Taliban to me.
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    What happened to Tiller was wrong.

    "Now, the people who claim to be holier than though find it okay to kill in right of their beliefs? Sounds like the Taliban to me".

    Careful Dutch,the same can be applied to abortions!

    June 24, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    "why are you lefties complaining about this??? this is your standard union type operating practice. you even went so far as to take over government buildings in wisconsin and damage them. yet you have problems when others protest in public streets. pathetic dishonest hypocrites."
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    Unlike protestors at abortion clinics, the protestors in Madison, WI did not block access to the building by its' workers, doctors/senators. They did not follow doctors/senators home. There was no violence nor threats of it.

    June 24, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Holden

    Shelve the social issues, and focus on the economy. Get jobs for the unemployed. Focus on these issues, and maybe, just maybe the rest of the manure pile will clean up as well.

    June 24, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. anotherGDlefty

    How about this then righties...let's say we all get together and protest outside of a mens clinic where the Viagra and penis pumps are doled out. How about we yell at you and call you names when you show up. How about we continue that as you get to your car. We can yell biblical things at you regardless of YOUR religion and call you vile names.
    Yes, I volunteer as an escort at our local clinic, I've heard it all and been threatened myself, just for helping a scared woman get to a medical appointment.

    Do you know these women? Are you related to them? Is it your seed that you are protecting?
    If the answer is no then what gives you ANY right to intervene?

    If you can't have an abortion, you really don't have a horse in this race.
    If you are a woman and are against abortion, don't have one.

    Strange that the personal responsibility and personal freedom folks are the ones screeching the loudest about someone exercising THIER rights to personal freedom and responsibility.......

    June 24, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Tony

    Unless the Supreme Court wants protests around churches that oppose abortions, it should leave the law in place. Freedom of expression is one thing; harassing other people who exercise their constitutional rights is another.

    June 24, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Steveo

    @anotherGDlefty
    The problem with all of this is we think:
    ALL righties are... and ALL lefties are.... NOTHING is further from te truth, be we act like it is.
    Allow me to CIVILY disagree with you on two points:
    You: If you can't have an abortion, you really don't have a horse in this race.
    Me: Since some of this is taxpayer funded and since I am a taxpayer...yes I do have a horse in this race
    You: If you are a woman and are against abortion, don't have one.
    Me; Does that same logic apply to the gun debate? No! Why? Hypocrisy!

    June 24, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "If you can't have an abortion, you really don't have a horse in this race."

    Yeah, it certainly doesn't effect me at all as a man if my mother, daughter, wife, female family members, female friends, etc., all have their rights infringed on this subject. No "horse" in the race for me at all....I'm 100% entirely removed from all fallout and potential repercussions. Yep. Whew...thank god I don't have a uterus or know anyone with one.

    June 24, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |