The Supreme Hypocrisy of the Supreme Court’s Buffer Zone

Wall Street Journal: “The U.S. Supreme Court, which Thursday struck down a Massachusetts law that established a 35-foot buffer around abortion clinics, enjoys its own protest-free zone.”

“A federal law bars protests from the white marble plaza of the U.S. Supreme Court building, an irony that was not lost on supporters of abortion rights.”

“Court rules, drawn from the law, ban assemblies, processions and displays on court property.”

“’No person shall engage in a demonstration within the Supreme Court building and grounds,’  the rules say. ‘The term ‘demonstration’ includes demonstrations, picketing, speechmaking, marching, holding vigils or religious services and all other like forms of conduct that involve the communication or expression of views or grievances, engaged in by one or more persons, the conduct of which is reasonably likely to draw a crowd or onlookers.’”

“There is one key difference between the Supreme Court buffer zone and the zone the high court struck Thursday today around abortion clinics. The Massachusetts law keeps people off of public sidewalks, while the court’s regulation doesn’t.”

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