Colorado’s Abortion Clinic ‘Buffer Zone’ Stays Intact After Supreme Court Ruling

June 26, 2014 8:29 PM

Colorado’s Abortion Clinic ‘Buffer Zone’ Stays Intact After Supreme Court Ruling
" DENVER (CBS4)- The buffer zone will remain in effect at abortion clinics across Colorado after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 35-foot buffer zone at clinics in Massachusetts.

The high court declared that buffer zone was an unconstitutional restraint on free-speech rights of protesters.

The ruling also left intact a high court decision from 2000 that upheld a six-foot floating buffer zone in Colorado.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers addressed the Supreme Court ruling.

“The Supreme Court today issued a ruling declaring a Massachusetts law that imposed as 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics to be a violation of the First Amendment. Basically they said it was too broad and wasn’t sufficiently narrowly tailored to deal with the problem of people interfering with people wanting to go into an abortion clinic. Of interest is that Colorado won a case in the Supreme Court years ago in which we have kind of a six-foot floating buffer zone so people can’t get within six feet of a person who is trying to go into an abortion clinic. And the court didn’t do anything that would adversely impact that. The Colorado law stays in effect "

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