Buffer zone law upheld in Mass.

A small victory for safe access to womens’ clinics in Massachusetts today:

The US 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Massachusetts law on Friday, allowing a 35-foot safety buffer zone between protestors and abortion clinic entrances. The law, established in 2007, protects clinic patients and staff from harassment.

Five anti-choice protesters originally filed the lawsuit on the grounds that the safety zones violate their right to free speech. In 2008, US District Judge Joseph Tauro rejected their request and they filed the most recent appeal.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled that the law does not infringe on protestors’ free speech rights and applies to all protestors no matter their viewpoint.

Only 35 feet??  Not nearly wide enough in my opinion (try “out of high-powered rifle range”), but at least now patients can get in and out of the clinic without having to raise umbrellas against the flying spittle.

5 Responses to “Buffer zone law upheld in Mass.”

  1. 1 Torontonian Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Only 35 feet?

    About a two city block radius should do it.

    That would be a 24-hour, perpetual no-go zone.

    First time an infraction comes along, make the zone 4 block radius.

    They stop at nothing, those loons.

    We treat them the same way with no half-measures either. Two block radius it is–for starters.

  2. 2 J. A. Baker Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 10:38 am

    And while we’re at it, each infraction raises the buffer zone radius exponentially. First infraction raises it from 2 to 4 blocks, next infraction raises it from 4 to 8 blocks, third infraction raises it from 8 to 16 blocks…you get the picture.

    Oh, and deadly force is preemptively authorized against violators.

    These people don’t fuck around, and neither should we.

  3. 3 JJ Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Torontonian – I agree, 35′ is way too close. 35′ is from one side of my house to the other, and I have a small (1000 sf) house. That’s far enough to keep them out of the patients’ faces, but not far enough if someone’s got a gun. Which obviously some of them do. I’d be a lot happier with a 2 block radius — for starters.

  4. 4 JJ Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm


    And while we’re at it, each infraction raises the buffer zone radius exponentially.

    Oh, I totally agree with that. One of the problems we’ve seen recently with clinic bubble zones is that protesters keep disobeying them and going into the zone. They get thrown in jail for a few weeks, but big deal. A lot of these people are professional protesters, they have nothing better to do, and a little jail time just gives them a persecution high.

    They’d think twice about violating the bubble zone if it also meant the zone would be increased per each violation, because then it starts to affect the fetus fetishists who can’t do a little jail time standing on their heads.

  5. 5 ABCクリニック Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 5:40 am


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