Another 'buffer zone' gets tossed out of court

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel brown 620x300Abortion proponents in New Jersey failed in a legal attack based on false allegations against pro-life counselors. 

Englewood passed a “buffer zone” law designed to keep pro-life activists from contact with pregnant women entering the local late-term abortion clinic, Metropolitan Medical Associates.

However, the law also acted to keep them away from other medical facilities.

Marie Tasy of New Jersey Right to Life explains why U.S. District Court Judge Susan Wigenton has now ruled the ordinance unconstitutional. 

Tasy

“The ordinance established a buffer zone that extended to eight feet on either side of the clinic's doorway and its driveway,” Tasy says. “So it was very, very broad and the court found that the Englewood abortion clinic had not tried a less-restrictive approach to governing the clinic entrance before enacting this ordinance.” 

The ordinance barred pro-lifers from distributing pro-life literature to women, even if those women requested it. 

According to court documents, the sidewalk counselors had been accused of shouting and pushing people, and blocking entrances. 

“No, that is not true,” Tasy tells OneNewsNow. “In fact, the court found no evidence of any arrests or clinic harassment or violence in the last five years or more. The court therefore said that the buffer zone law was unjustified.” 

The judge's decision was based in part on a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a 35-foot buffer zone law passed in Massachusetts was unconstitutional. 

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