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McCullen v. Coakley

Buffer Zones, Clinic Escorting, and the Myth of the Quiet Sidewalk Counselors

Brian Giacometti | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Brian Giacometti

Anyone who wants to stop and chat can do so. But once patients decide to cross the line, they should be left alone. The Court noted that the environment is currently more peaceful than it once was. There's a reason for that.

In 2014, Still Not Independence Day for Women

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Irene Monroe

America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."

Abortion Buffer-Zone Ruling in McCullen: The Supreme Court's Facade of Unity and the Future of Abortion Rights

Clay Calvert | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Clay Calvert

Thursday's Supreme Court ruling in McCullen vs. Coakley, despite the unified outcome and facade, makes it clear that abortion is and will continue to be a wedge issue dividing the justices for years to come.

Amanda Terkel

Supreme Court Rules Against Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones From Behind Its Own Buffer Zone

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court unanimously struck down Thursday a Massachusetts law allowing abortion clinics to have a buffer zone keeping protester...

Laura Bassett

Supreme Court Strikes Down Buffer Zones For Abortion Clinic Protests

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

The Supreme Court ruled on McCullen v. Coakley Thursday, striking down a Massachusetts law requiring protesters to stay at least 35 feet from an abort...

Free Speech Elitism: Harassment Is Not the Price 'We' Pay for Free Speech

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 03.25.2014 | Women
Mary Anne Franks

In the midst of these exchanges about online and offline harassment, there have also been many solemn declarations that such abuse is the "price we pay" for free speech, or even more grandly, for a free society. There's much to be debated in this assertion.

Not All Protesters Are Plump Lil Old Grandmas

Yirssi Bergman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Yirssi Bergman

In McCullen v. Coakley , the plaintiff describes herself as "plump." She is short, and is 77 years old. They try to make it sound as if all protesters are and look like her. But that's not what we see and experience, week after week, in front of our health center.

Don't Let Abortion Cloud Free-Speech Issue

Trevor Burrus | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Trevor Burrus

Massachusetts passed the 35-feet law in 2007. It applies to places where abortions are "offered or performed." Of course, the vast majority of people who stand outside of clinics to voice their constitutionally protected opinions are pro-lifers.

States Air Their Differences At Supreme Court

Pew's Stateline | Jake Grovum | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...