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Amicae Curiae Brief in McCullen v. Coakley


My organization, the Judicial Education Project, has filed a Supreme Court amicae curiae brief supporting the petition for certiorari in McCullen v. Coakley. The case involves a Massachusetts statute that establishes a 35-foot fixed buffer zone around abortion clinics. The viewpoint-discriminatory statute violates the First Amendment by prohibiting communications within the buffer zone, while exempting abortion clinic employees and agents. JEP filed the brief on behalf of Molly White, Esther Ripplinger, Marlynda Augelli, and Dr. Alveda King, who all regret their decisions to have an abortion and were misled by abortion-clinic staff members about abortion’s consequences.

Read the whole brief.


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