Massachusetts Attorney General Speaks out in Support of Buffer Zone Law
February 22, 2008
This week Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley spoke out in support of a recently passed law, which expanded the buffer zone around reproductive health care facilities to 35 feet. Coakley filed a brief in federal court responding to a lawsuit brought forth last month by anti-abortion protesters challenging the law.
The “act does not ban any expressive activity, but instead ‘merely regulates the places where communications may occur’ during clinic business hours,” Coakley wrote in the brief.
Coakley, along with Boston Police Captain Bill Evans, testified in support of this act before the Legislature last year.