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A Massachusetts case has made its way to the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, justices will hear McCullen vs. Coakley, a case that challenges a 2007 Massachusetts law requiring a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics.
Anti-abortion protesters say the law inhibits their right to free speech, and that public sidewalks have historically been the most common forum for public debate. But supporters of the buffer zone say the law prevents protesters from harassing patients. They also point to the need for public safety. In 1994, John Salvi walked into two Brookline Planned Parenthood clinics with a rifle and opened fire, killing two people and wounding five others.
WBUR's Meghna Chakrabarti spoke with Philip Moran, a Salem-based lawyer and one of the four attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the buffer zone Supreme Court case.
WBUR's Anthony Brooks also spoke with Attorney General Martha Coakley about her argument in favor of the buffer zones.
Philip Moran, Salem-based lawyer and one of the four attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the buffer zone Supreme Court case.
This segment aired on January 13, 2014.