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Injunction Preventing Protesters From Approaching an Individual Entering an Abortion Clinic
|Title||Injunction Preventing Protesters From Approaching an Individual Entering an Abortion Clinic|
|Publication Type||Case Study|
|Year of Publication||Submitted|
|Corporate Authors||of Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute Technology|
|Publisher||Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology|
|Keywords||ABORTION , FREEDOM of speech , Public Policy|
This spring the United states Supreme Court will review the constitutionality, under the First Amendment guarantee of free speech, of an injunction, issued by a federal court in Buffalo, New York, directed at anti-abortion protestors conducting demonstrations at abortion clinics. The injunction allows protestors to approach a person heading for the clinic, but requires them to step back fifteen feet if the person indicates that she or he doesn't want to talk to the protestor. The antiabortion protestors argue that the injunction violates their right of free speech. The abortion clinics contend that the injunction doesn't violate the protestor's rights, especially in light of, what the abortion clinics term, "the unrelenting campaign of harassment and intimidation" waged by the protesters. Does the injunction violate the anti-abortion protestors' right to freedom of speech? If so, why? If not, why not?
Case from the March 6, 1997 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright Robert Ladenson, Center for the Study of Ethics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1997.
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