Keep Buffer Zones Around Abortion Clinics

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Target: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

Goal: Uphold legality of buffer zones around abortion clinics

The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case to determine if the buffer zones around Massachusetts abortion clinics are legal. These buffer zones ensure that patrons of clinics are not unnecessarily harassed by pro-life protesters as they enter or leave the building.

The Massachusetts law, similar to many around the country, requires that anti-abortion protesters who wish to speak to women entering the abortion clinic remain 35 feet away from the clinic entrance. The suit was brought by Eleanor McCullen, who maintains that the tactics she uses to attempt to dissuade women seeking abortions cannot be effectively implemented with the buffer zone in place.

McCullen, 77, says she tries to use quiet, compassionate conversation to make women think twice about abortion and says that the buffer zones infringe on her free speech. While a singular woman attempting to have a civil conversation with someone entering an abortion clinic is not necessarily threatening, the real purpose of the law is to stop more menacing and intimidating anti-abortion protesters from crowding around clinic entrances and bullying patients into leaving.

While McCullen’s premise is that her right to free speech is being violated, she fails to make a sufficiently compelling case. All rights come with certain restrictions, such as the standard example of not being allowed to yell ‘FIRE’ in a crowded theater, and this should be no exception. Abortion rights in this country are being constantly whittled away, and if the court overturns this law, many similar statutes around the country will be nullified as well.

Sign this petition to urge Chief Justice Roberts, who will likely cast the deciding vote, to uphold this entirely reasonable law and protect the abortion rights of women.


Dear Chief Justice Roberts,

The case concerning the buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts threatens to overturn many similar laws around the country and opens the door for anti-abortion activists to use intimidating tactics to turn women away from clinics. The argument that these buffer zones infringe on the free speech of a woman attempting to make quiet, compassionate conversation with patients is outweighed by the potential of activists to abuse their right of protest to harass and intimidate women into leaving.

I am urging you to uphold the legality of these buffer zones and protect women who are already under immense stress from being subjected to unnecessary harassment.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Dear Chief Justice Roberts:

    The case concerning the buffer zones surrounding abortion clinics in Massachusetts threatens to overturn local laws forbidding the calloused slaughter of innocent citizens. If one claims that there is no life before birth, then there is no need for an abortion. If this were really the case, doctors have been manipulating desperate women for decades into spending their last dime on relieving themselves of the burden of motherhood. Though we respectfully agree that harassment in the form of stalking and screaming at passer by’s and hateful speech directed towards the persons is not protected speech, as it tramples their right to feel safe in their environment, we do not agree that a peaceful protest in front of a clinic holding prolife signs and talking indirectly about the right to life should be restricted as it is protected speech. Under Constitutional law we have the right to protest the slaughter of innocent babies. If they were not alive we would not have to have these arguments, they would be miscarried. I am urging you to uphold our Constitutional right to free speech and peaceful protests. Please bar buffer zones which deny people their right to gather on public property. Thank you for your time and attention in this matter so vital to the future strength of our nation.

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