Justices strike abortion-clinic buffer zone

Posted: June 27, 2014 at 2:55 a.m.

FILE - This Dec. 17, 2013 file photo shows anti-abortion protester Eleanor McCullen, of Boston, left, standing at the painted edge of a buffer zone as she protests outside a Planned Parenthood location in Boston. In a unanimous ruling Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts, saying that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot protest-free zone around the entrances to abortion clinics, saying it violates the free-speech rights of abortion opponents.

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