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Limits on Anti-Abortion Protests Reviewed by Supreme Court

On Monday (3-18), the Supreme Court agreed to review attacks against limits on anti-abortion demonstrations in Buffalo and Rochester, NY. Responding to criticism that the 15-foot buffer zone imposed in 1994 is a violation of free speech rights, the court decided to hear an appeal by Rev. Paul Schenck and Dwight Saunders. The Feminist Majority Foundation legal team successfully argued the 1994 case, and lawyers for abortion providers urged the court to reject the appeal which could provide important new guidelines for anti-abortion demonstrations across the country, affecting medical office buildings and full-service hospitals as well as clinics. A ruling is expected sometime in 1997.

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The Nando Net and the Associated Press - March 18, 1996