First Amendment Rights at Stake in McCullen v. Coakley

by Carrie Severino

My organization, the Judicial Education Project, has filed a Supreme Court amicae curiae brief supporting the petitioners in McCullen v. Coakley. The case involves petitioners’ challenge of 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 twelve women who regret their decisions to have an abortion and were misled by abortion-clinic staff members about abortion’s consequences.

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