BOSTON — A day after the nation’s highest court ruled that buffer zones around abortion clinics violate the free speech rights of anti-abortion advocates, activists at a clinic in Boston are speaking with patients inside the yellow line that used to create a protesting barrier.
Ray Neary was outside the Planned Parenthood on Commonwealth Avenue late Friday morning. He said his advocacy was much more personal than in years past.
“We were able much more in a close situation to be more personal with the individuals going in,” he said. “I noticed that immediately. There’s a certain freedom to it, where you’re not yelling and sounding like you’re obtrusive in some way.”
On Thursday, after the ruling, Neary was protesting outside of the yellow line.
A representative of Planned Parenthood was also outside on Friday, waiting to assist anyone walking into the facility.
Following the unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Massachusetts lawmakers pledged Thursday to introduce and enact new buffer zone legislation by the end of next month.