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Cardinal welcomes Supreme Court’s ‘buffer zone’ decision

June 27, 2014

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a Massachusetts law that barred pro-life activists from coming with 35 feet of the door of an abortion clinic.

“Today the Supreme Court found unconstitutional a Massachusetts law imposing criminal penalties on pro-life Americans who peacefully pray for and offer alternatives to pregnant women approaching abortion clinics,” he said. “This discriminatory law barred these citizens from gathering on nearby public sidewalks, while exempting ‘clinic escorts’ trained to expedite women into the facility. Clearly this was an attack on pro-life Americans’ freedom of speech, and we welcome the Court’s decision to overturn the law.”

Cardinal O’Malley added:

This now overturned legislation reflects an ominous trend in our society. Abortion supporters, having long denied that unborn children have a right to life, would deny that their fellow Americans who seek to protect the unborn have the same rights as other Americans-- the right to freedom of speech and freedom of association; the right to participate in the public square and serve the vulnerable in accord with our moral convictions. Increasingly we see this trend evidenced at various levels of government. We are encouraged and pleased to know that with regard to this particular issue, our highest court has affirmed the American tradition of basic constitutional rights for all.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Jun. 27, 2014 8:36 PM ET USA

    This is the same cardinal who participated in giving the avowed pro-choice, pro-SSM, etc, SecState Kerry an award last month at BC! Talk about nerve from the chairman of what again?