In 1994, John Salvi III shot and killed two abor­tion clinic workers and wounded five others during attacks on two sep­a­rate Planned Par­ent­hood clinics in Brookline.

In response to those attacks, the Leg­is­la­ture passed a law that cre­ated a 6-​​foot floating buffer zone around patients and an 18-​​foot buffer around clinic entrances.

In 2007, Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill that cre­ated a firm 35-​​foot buffer zone around entrances, exits and dri­ve­ways of abor­tion providers.

Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a chal­lenge to that law, brought by abor­tion oppo­nents who claim that the buffer zone infringes on their right to free speech.


Martha Davis, law pro­fessor at North­eastern University.

Dana Cody, exec­u­tive director of the Life Legal Defense Foun­da­tion. The group’s amicus brief filed in the case is here.

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