Transcript for Landmark Ruling From the Supreme Court on Abortion Protesters
We move on to the landmark ruling from supreme court on the abortion. And a unanimous decision when it comes to protesters and the women they are signing too. There doesn't need to be a buffer zone. Terry Moran is at the supreme court tonight. Reporter: Americans opposed to abortion are allowed to pray and protest outside abortion clinics. ? Amazing grace ? Reporter: But in Massachusetts, they have to do it behind a yellow line, like this one on the ground there. Because of a 2007 law that drew a 35 foot buffer zone inside of which any kind of prayer, protest or even conversation about abortion was effectively forbidden. Today, the supreme court unanimously said Massachusetts went to far. Chief justice John Roberts who was joined by the court's liberals including the three women justices wrote, "The buffer Zones impose serious burdens on speech." Massachusetts officials had argued they needed the buffer zone because of this raucous offensive protests outside clinics that threatened public safety and could effectively block women's access to health care. But chief justice Roberts wrote there are already laws on the books to deal with true public safety issues and officials needed to find other ways to keep public order. Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley said today's ruling would harm women. Now we are putting additional stresses on women who are just trying to get health care. Reporter: But, justice antonin Scalia reject that notion writing -- Protecting people from speech they do not want to hear is not a function the first amendment allows government to undertake. Reporter: President Obama losing in this court on whether or not the president has power to make a decision when a few senators are in session. And they are trying to bypass the partisan grid lock. But no, no president has that power.
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