Supreme Court unanimously rejects abortion clinic buffer zones

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2014 / 08:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts state law that imposed a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, in which protestors and pro-life counselors could not enter to speak with patients.

 In 2007, Massachusetts amended existing law and made it a crime to “knowingly stand on a ‘public way or sidewalk’ within 35 feet of an entrance or driveway to any ‘reproductive health care facility.’” This barred pro-life sidewalk counselors from distributing literature and having personal conversations with women entering the building anywhere within this distance of the clinic.

 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the buffer law in January 2013, ruling that the First Amendment does not guarantee an audience “available at close range,” and arguing that pro-life counselors still have access to women seeking abortions, even with the 35-foot buffer zone in place.

 However, Supreme Court overturned the appellate court’s ruling in a rare unanimous vote, saying that the law restricted speech on public streets and sidewalks.




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4th of July Picnic

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Flag Day Ceremony

A Flag Day Ceremony was held at Father Murphy Council 5535 Memorial Park June 14, 2014

There were twenty Sir Knights in Color Corps regalia, representing 5 Assemblies in Jacksonville and Middleburg, Florida, as well as a host of knights and family members witnessing.

We would like to thank the Sandalwood High School Air Force Cadets, Jacksonville Florida for the flag folding and explanation demonstration.  They done a wonderful job!

We would also like to thank Honorable Patrick McLaughlin for reading the Flag Day  proclamation from Governor Scott and narrating the History of our Pledge of Allegiance.

Sandalwood ROTC folding

Sandalwood ROTC folding

Hon. Pat McLaughlin

Hon. Pat McLaughlin (L) with SK Dewey Marshall (R)

Sir Knights

Sir Knights

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