The U.S. Supreme Court has refused, without comment, a court challenge to the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) brought by anti-abortion protestors in North Carolina.
Under FACE, those who blockade or commit violence against women's health care clinics and workers can be charged with a felony offense. The law was enacted in 1994 to combat arsons and bombings of women's health care clinics and the murders and attempted murders of abortion providers committed by abortion opponents.
In the recent court challenge, the anti-abortion protesters' main arguments were that FACE subjects violators to "uniquely harsh treatment" and violates their freedom of speech.
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