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US Supreme Court strikes down Mass. anti-speech buffer zone

ADF official comment
Published On: 10/18/2017

Attorney sound bite:  Steven H. Aden

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Mark Rienzi, professor of constitutional law at Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and lead counsel in McCullen v. Coakley, regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision Thursday in that case. The decision strikes down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot “buffer zone” restricting pro-life advocates from speaking with people entering abortion facilities:


“Americans have the freedom to talk to whomever they please on public sidewalks. That includes peaceful pro-lifers like Eleanor McCullen, who just wants to offer information and help to women who would like it. The Supreme Court has affirmed a critical freedom that has been an essential part of American life since the nation’s founding.”

  • Pronunciation guide: Rienzi (Ree-EN'-zee)
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