Massachusetts Gov. Proudly Defies God With New Law

Deval Patrick
Share:

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick this week signed into law a measure allowing police to order anti-abortion protesters away from clinic entrances if their presence impedes public access.

The measure comes a month after the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down a 2007 Massachusetts law prohibiting protests within 35 feet of the entrances of reproductive-health facilities, a measure that the high court found violated the right to freedom of speech.

“I am incredibly proud to sign legislation that continues Massachusetts leadership in ensuring that women seeking to access reproductive health facilities can do so safely and without harassment,” Patrick said after signing the measure on Wednesday.

The law will allow police to order protesters to move 25 feet away from clinic entrances for eight hours if they block access. State officials, who drafted the bill quickly after the Supreme Court decision, said the new approach was modeled on similar laws elsewhere that had withstood legal challenges.

Anti-abortion activists had criticized the legislation, saying it would have a chilling effect on speech.


Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Eric Walsh

© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved.

+ posts
Share:

Related topics:

See an error in this article?

Send us a correction

To contact us or to submit an article

Click and play our featured shows

Jonathan Cahn Unveils 12 Signs of the End Times

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnxPRxEFEhg Note: This is the first of a two-part series. What kinds of signs of the end times should we be on the lookout for? In a brand-new prophetic mystery video, New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Cahn opened up...

1 2 3 4 5 97 98 99 100
Scroll to Top