Englewood Abortion Protest Curbs Violate Free Speech, Court Rules

"An Englewood ordinance designed to deter "sidewalk counseling" of women entering an abortion clinic violates the First Amendment, a New Jersey federal judge has ruled.

Tuesday’s decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton in Turco v. City of Englewood follows a 2014 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in McCullen v. Coakley, striking down a similar law in Massachusetts. Wigenton said Englewood’s law, like the one in Massachusetts, was content-neutral but nonetheless violated the First Amendment because it was not narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest." - Charles Toutant  11/15/17 New Jersey Law Journal

Had the police at the time been receptive to the idea of arresting obstreperous protesters, we would not have had need for the buffer zone, small as it was.

This is a sad day, among sad days.

Bonnie

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