Federal Judge Throws Out Challenge to Massachusetts Buffer Zone Law
February 24, 2012
This week, U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro rejected a challenge to a law that creates a 35-foot fixed buffer zone around the driveways and entrances of women’s health care facilities in Massachusetts.
The lawsuit was filed in April 2008 by seven anti-abortion protesters who claimed that the law violated their free speech, free association, due process, and equal protection rights.
Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose office defended the law, said, “We are pleased that the court has upheld the Commonwealth’s buffer zone law, which enhances public safety and access to reproductive health care facilities, while preserving freedom of expression. The court agreed that the buffer zone leaves open ample opportunities for communication and civil engagement on the public ways outside the facilities.”
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