Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit’s decision to overturn an Arkansas abortion-restricting law.
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In yet another unanimous decision in a controversial case, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law requiring 35-foot buffer zones around the entrances to abortion clinics, saying that the law goes too far in restricting the free-speech rights of anti-abortion activists.
This June promises to be a busy month for the Supreme Court, with at least 10 major cases undecided by May’s end. Here’s a look at a closely watched case about the First Amendment rights of pro-life protesters and “buffer zones” in public areas.
A federal appeals court ruling on Thursday upheld abortion laws in Texas and seemingly sets up a very important Supreme Court test at some point.
In this second article of a five-part series, Lyle Denniston surveys the constitutional issues developing on abortion. Later articles will deal with health care, same-sex marriage, and elections. The first article dealt with the war on terrorism.