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With abortion clinic buffer zone ruling, Supreme Court puts women, workers at risk
With abortion clinic buffer zone ruling, Supreme Court puts women, workers at risk

The Supreme Court faced the challenging task of weighing one person's right to free speech against another's right to be protected from harassment when it reviewed a Massachusetts law requiring 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics. Unfortunately, the court got the balance wrong when it voted Thursday to strike down the law. As important as the 1st Amendment is, courts have long recognized that it may be restricted, within limits. Americans may protest, plead, hector and even offend, but they have no inalienable right to falsely shout "fire" in a crowded theater, play obscene movies on Main Street or intimidate or bully others going about their lawful business....

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