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December 2, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
A Massachusetts law that says "no person" may enter or remain in the 35-foot buffer zones established outside abortion clinics in the state has set off a controversial legal battle about the proper balance between the rights of speakers and the rights of those who must listen to them. Although several federal courts have upheld the law over the last few years, the Supreme Court has now agreed to review it. The high court should uphold it as well. The petitioners, including a grandmother in her 70s who stands outside abortion clinics hoping to talk to women on their way in, claim that the law is an impermissible infringement on their right to express their opinion.
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March 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
North Dakota and its only abortion clinic have resolved part of their dispute over the state's new abortion law, meaning the facility will remain open. At issue was the requirement that physicians performing abortions have hospital privileges. The state and clinic agreed that doctors at the Red River Women's Clinic would maintain such privileges. The agreement was announced Friday by the state and the Center for Reproductive Rights, which assisted the clinic, located in Fargo.
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NATIONAL
January 15, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices signaled Wednesday they are inclined to strike down a Massachusetts law that sets a 35-foot buffer zone outside abortion clinics. Anti-abortion activists called the law a violation of free speech that prohibits “peaceful conversation on a public sidewalk,” said Mark Rienzi, an attorney representing self-described “sidewalk counselors,” who stand outside clinic entrances and urge women seeking to end their pregnancies to change their minds.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Two more Texas abortion clinics closed on Thursday because of restrictions in a state law that is being fought in the federal courts. Amy Hagstrom Miller, who owns the Whole Woman's Health Clinic, told reporters on Thursday that Republican lawmakers have made it impossible to keep her clinics open in Beaumont and McAllen. The McAllen clinic is the last in the Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas, and the Beaumont clinic is the only one between Houston and the Louisiana border. The GOP-controlled Texas Legislature last year passed House Bill 2, which limits when, how and from whom women can obtain abortions.
NEWS
February 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Police in Clinton warned abortion clinics to be particularly cautious as officers searched for an escaped inmate who allegedly threatened doctors who perform abortions. Clayton Lee Waagner, who once said he was on a mission from God to kill abortion providers, escaped from the DeWitt County Jail while awaiting sentencing on weapon possession and vehicle theft convictions. Waagner, 44, of Kennerdell, Pa.
NEWS
October 19, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Abortion opponents have a new strategy aimed at reducing the number of pregnancies that are terminated, and it will probably be a lot more effective than the tactics used in the past. So writes Theodore Joyce, a health care economist at Baruch College in New York, in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The largely ineffective efforts to which Joyce refers are ones aimed at reducing demand for abortions by targeting the women who are considering them.
NEWS
December 4, 1985 | United Press International
Four bombs, one powerful enough to kill or maim several people, were mailed to Portland area clinics that perform abortions or provide birth-control information, police said today. Only one of the devices was delivered and it was defused by the police bomb squad after it arrived at the Women's Feminist Health Center, Sgt. Jay Decker said. The other devices were seized by U.S. postal authorities before they could reach their destinations.
NEWS
July 4, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Buffer zones meant to keep abortion protesters away from several Houston area women's clinics violate free speech, the Texas Supreme Court ruled. In a 6-3 decision, the Austin-based court modified buffer zones surrounding four clinics and eliminated buffers around five other clinics. Four clinics now must allow up to two "sidewalk counselors" to approach their patients within their buffer zone boundaries. However, the antiabortionists must leave patients alone if asked to, the court said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2001 | ERWIN CHEMERINSKY and KATHERINE SPILLAR, Erwin Chemerinsky is a USC professor of constitutional law. Katherine Spillar is executive vice president of the Feminist Majority Foundation
The fear of terrorism close to home, unfortunately, is not new to the health care providers who work in abortion clinics. The arrest of Clayton Lee Waagner, who is suspected of sending hundreds of anthrax hoax letters to these clinics, again shows the urgent need to protect reproductive health care providers from violence and threats of violence.
NEWS
May 24, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An early-morning fire of suspicious origin caused heavy damage to a busy Portland abortion clinic that has been the target of arsonists in the past. Fire Department officials said the cause was "suspicious." Federal agents are "pursuing all leads," an FBI spokesman said. Fire broke out at the Lovejoy Surgicenter and flames were shooting out a back window when firefighters arrived, an official said. There were no injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Is it good news that the national abortion rate is at its lowest level since 1973, the year it was legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court? Your reaction will depend on two things: how you feel about abortion and the reasons the rate has fallen. Has it dropped because so many states have passed new laws aimed at squeezing abortion clinics out of business, and raising so many obstacles that women seeking abortions will simply give up and go home? Or has it dropped because there are fewer unintended pregnancies?
NATIONAL
January 15, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices signaled Wednesday they are inclined to strike down a Massachusetts law that sets a 35-foot buffer zone outside abortion clinics. Anti-abortion activists called the law a violation of free speech that prohibits “peaceful conversation on a public sidewalk,” said Mark Rienzi, an attorney representing self-described “sidewalk counselors,” who stand outside clinic entrances and urge women seeking to end their pregnancies to change their minds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is due to hear arguments on the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that requires antiabortion protesters to stay 35 feet from abortion clinic entrances. If any group in America is going to be tormented by this conflict between free speech and abortion rights, it's the country's oldest civil rights organization. And yet, as usual, the American Civil Liberties Union gets it right. The buffer zone law is legal, says the ACLU. On its face, it neither prevents nor suppresses political expression, but rather finds a healthy balance between two seemingly irreconcilable rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Rape insurance? Is that really a thing? Well, yes, though the anti-abortion legislators in Michigan who passed a law Wednesday making it necessary don't really call it that. They call it the “Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act.” From now on in Michigan, all public health insurance plans and most private ones will not be able to automatically include coverage for abortion services in their comprehensive policies. Women will have to purchase separate riders in order to be covered for any sort of elective abortion.
OPINION
December 4, 2013
Re "Abortion clinics, not battle zones," Editorial, Dec. 2 As a family doctor who provides comprehensive reproductive healthcare, I am troubled that the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of Massachusetts' "buffer zone" law. I used to work at a family planning clinic in Massachusetts, where I witnessed the appalling intimidation tactics of protesters before the law requiring them to stay 35 feet away was enacted. I have seen protesters photographing patients' faces to post on anti-choice websites, screaming profanities at clinic volunteers and posing as staff falsely claiming that the clinic had been shut down by the health department.
OPINION
December 2, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
A Massachusetts law that says "no person" may enter or remain in the 35-foot buffer zones established outside abortion clinics in the state has set off a controversial legal battle about the proper balance between the rights of speakers and the rights of those who must listen to them. Although several federal courts have upheld the law over the last few years, the Supreme Court has now agreed to review it. The high court should uphold it as well. The petitioners, including a grandmother in her 70s who stands outside abortion clinics hoping to talk to women on their way in, claim that the law is an impermissible infringement on their right to express their opinion.
OPINION
November 21, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It's disappointing that the Supreme Court denied a request to temporarily block an onerous new abortion law in Texas from taking effect while a federal appellate court determines whether the law is constitutional. The high court's decision could force as many as a third of the abortion clinics in Texas to close, creating a hardship for thousands of women seeking to terminate their pregnancies. The Supreme Court's decision was the wrong one. Now supporters of abortion rights must turn their attention back to the appellate court, which we hope will declare the underlying law unconstitutional.
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