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San Francisco Lawmakers Fight Back After Supreme Court’s Buffer Zone Ruling

San Francisco lawmakers this week passed an ordinance creating protections for people entering and leaving the city's abortion clinics. The ordinance, passed unanimously by the city Board of Supervisors, is meant to mitigate the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June buffer zone ruling.

Passed unanimously by the city Board of Supervisors, the ordinance is meant to mitigate the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June buffer zone ruling.

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Why Is Georgetown University Denying Freedom of Speech and Assembly? A Letter to the President

On September 22, Georgetown University campus police removed from outside the school's front gates a small group of students who had been peacefully advocating for reproductive rights, women's rights, and equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.

On September 22, Georgetown University campus police removed from outside the school’s front gates a small group of students who had been peacefully advocating for reproductive rights, women’s rights, and equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.

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Texas ‘Upskirt’ Decision Latest to Protect Constitutional Rights of Harassers

A Texas court decision ruling "upskirt" pictures constitutional is the latest example of the courts protecting rape culture in the name of the First Amendment.

A Texas court decision ruling “upskirt” pictures constitutional is the latest example of the courts protecting rape culture in the name of the First Amendment.

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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Hears Testimony on Sexual Harassment, First Amendment

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan, independent agency responsible for investigating civil rights issues, held a briefing on Friday to discuss the effects of recent federal guidance on Title IX sexual harassment law in schools, and whether that guidance might come in conflict with the First Amendment.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan, independent agency responsible for investigating civil rights issues, held a briefing on Friday to discuss the effects of recent federal guidance on Title IX sexual harassment law in schools, and whether that guidance might come in conflict with the First Amendment.

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Anti-Choice Group Sues Jackson, Mississippi, Police Department, Claiming Free Speech Violations

An anti-choice protest in Jackson, Mississippi, as depicted in the trailer for the film The Last Clinic.

The complaint cites incidents dating back to 1996 in which the Jackson police detained, threatened arrest, and arrested Pro-Life Mississippi members while protesting what is today the state’s only remaining abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

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Massachusetts Senate Introduces Bill Responding to Supreme Court Buffer Zone Ruling

Clinic escorts outside a Planned Parenthood facility.

Called “An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities,” the bill was proposed in response to a June Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to buffer zone advocates.

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Eight Places Where Free Speech Boundaries Are Stricter Than at Many Abortion Clinics

Reading the Supreme Court’s opinion in the Massachusetts buffer zone case, you might get the idea that free speech in the form of protests and handing out literature about social and political issues is practiced without restriction in the United States. But that is not the case.

Reading the Supreme Court’s opinion in the Massachusetts buffer zone case, you might get the idea that free speech in the form of protests and handing out literature about social and political issues is practiced without restriction in the United States. But that is not the case.

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The Supreme Court Should See What I See As an Abortion Clinic Escort

Clinic escorts outside a Planned Parenthood facility.

I have seen countless women reduced to tears and shaking, just for trying to access the health care to which they are constitutionally entitled. That isn’t peaceful assembly. That is harassment, hiding behind the First Amendment.

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The Guise of ‘Gentle’ Protesters and Buffer Zones

I don't remember ever seeing the word "gentle" used to describe queer activism in the '90s, anti-war marches in the 2000s, or the Occupy movement in 2011, even though those activists have a much more "gentle" record than anti-choice protesters do.

I don’t remember ever seeing the word “gentle” used to describe queer activism in the ’90s, anti-war marches in the 2000s, or the Occupy movement in 2011, even though those activists have a much more “gentle” record than anti-choice protesters do.

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Don’t Tread on Grandma: The Supreme Court Reframes the Abortion-Free Speech Debate in ‘McCullen’

In striking a Massachusetts buffer zone law, the U.S. Supreme Court has dramatically reframed the debate over balancing the rights of patients and providers with the rights of abortion protesters.

In striking a Massachusetts buffer zone law, the U.S. Supreme Court has dramatically reframed the debate over balancing the rights of patients and providers with the rights of abortion protesters.

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