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  •  Who the hell said "NO" buffer zones????? (4+ / 0-)
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    Vet63, Pi Li, johnny wurster, VClib

    Certainly not the SCOTUS.

    READ THE OPINION.  It's here.

    The Court specifically says that buffer zones serve a public interest.  PG. 19.  It said that this particular law was written too broadly, because it prevented you or me from walking up to someone on a public sidewalk and saying something to them.  That burden on our constitutional rights was not the "least intrusive way" to protect women from people blocking access or from physical threats or violence. The state certainly can go back and rewrite the law.  

    And the federal law, FACE, is unaffected by this ruling.

    •  coffeetalk (2+ / 0-)
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      sunbro, Joy of Fishes

      Oh I see, Me walking up to you is not allowed. Abortion Clinics are NOT THE SAME THING as me walking up to you in a street. Make an exception for clinics.  What is so wrong
      about that? the fact that we have to blows me away. Hoe many more providers need to be killed? How many more Women have to suffer? Why does the Supreme Court
      have a zone of 252 feet?

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 10:39:46 AM PDT

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      •  They CAN prevent you from walking up to (2+ / 0-)
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        johnny wurster, VClib

        asomeone and talking to them at a clinic.  Absolutely.  Positively.  

        What the Court said they can't do is prevent someone from doing that on a public sidewalk.  Read about the "public forum" doctrine and why it's much harder to limit people's First Amendment rights when they are in a public forum.

        The Supreme Court does not have a "buffer" of 252 feet.  That 252 feet - the Plaza - is Supreme Court property.  Protests are only prohibited ON SUPREME COURT GROUNDS.  See the law.  A "buffer" would be space around -- outside of -- the grounds where speech/protests are prohibited, and the Supreme Court does NOT have that.  Protests are only prohibited on Supreme Court property, like the are prohibited on White House property, on FBI property, on Pentagon property, on district court property here in New Orleans, etc.  

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