Thomas More Society Names Decision a “Tremendous Victory” for Pro-Life Movement
(June 27, 2014 – Washington D.C.) – Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously voted to strike down the buffer zone in Massachusetts, which required pro-life sidewalk counselors to stay 35 feet away from abortion clinics. The buffer had even included public walkways, and was named by the Justices as unconstitutional and a violation of free speech.
“The Justices’ decision in ‘McCullen v. Coakley’ is a tremendous victory for the pro-life movement,” said Thomas Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society. “The Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling to strike down Massachusetts’ buffer zone affirms that sidewalk counseling is a valid expression of free speech. Now other abortion clinic buffer zones around the country, like the one in Chicago, ought to be challenged and proven unconstitutional, too.”
For more on the Supreme Court’s ruling against the buffer zone, see news stories featuring Thomas More Society attorneys Tom Brejcha and Jocelyn Floyd: