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.
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .