Anti-Choice Violence

Anti-Choice Violence

  • Determined the constitutionality under the First Amendment of a city ordinance restricting protester activity near health care facilities and houses of worship.

  • Determined the constitutionality of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.

  • Determined the constitutionality of a Colorado statute that protects women’s access to reproductive health services by making it unlawful for an individual to knowingly come closer than eight feet to a person within 100 feet of a health care facility, without first getting that person’s consent.

  • Determined the constitutionality of the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances law, or FACE, which prohibits obstructing ingress and egress at reproductive health facilities.

  • Determined the Constitutionality under the First Amendment of state law that protected persons near reproductive health care facilities from unwanted approaches closer than six feet.

  • Addressed the issue of contempt fines in the federal court order protecting women, doctors and clinic workers from anti-choice blockades and violence.

  • This case was brought by Planned Parenthood and four doctors against anti-choice organizations and individuals for threats under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

  • Determined whether buffer zones prohibiting demonstrations and blockades around abortion clinics violated the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

  • Determined whether a city ordinance that prohibited targeted residential picketing, which was enacted based on extensive evidence of intrusive picketing outside homes of abortion providers, violated the First Amendment rights of the picketers.

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