US Supreme Court Lets Stand Massachusetts Abortion Clinic Buffer Law
By declining to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling, the US Supreme Court earlier this week let stand a Massachusetts law that prohibits protesters from coming within six feet of abortion clinic patients to disturb them or hand them leaflets. The law, which also establishes an 18-foot zone around abortion clinics in which protestors cannot interact with visitors or staff, had been ruled as constitutional last October by the 1st US Circuit Court. The law’s creation was prompted by the killing of two clinic staff in two separate Massachusetts clinics by John Salvi in December 1994.
“This is really a common sense measure,” Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly said, according to the Boston Globe. “It protects a woman’s right to seek medical care without being intimidated and harassed … you can’t be getting in someone’s face.”
The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.
The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat.
Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St. . . .