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Coakley asks court to uphold abortion clinic buffer law

Noting the history of blockades and violence that led to a buffer zones outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts, the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley has appealed to the US Supreme Court to keep the law intact.

In a legal brief filed Friday, Coakley urged the High Court to defend the constitutionality of the law, saying the statute protects public safety and patient access to reproductive healthcare facilities by creating a 35-foot buffer zone around clinic entrances and driveways.

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