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Madsen v. Women's Health Center, Inc. ( docket #: 93-880) (1994)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Madsen v. Women's Health Center, Inc.  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 04/28/1994
Decided 06/24/1994
Supreme Court Vote 6-3
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied.
 
IssueFreedom of Speech -- Whether an injunction that limits the places where and the manner in which antiabortion protestors may demonstrate violates the First Amendment.
 
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Rehnquist, J. (joined by Blackmun, J., O’Connor, J., Souter, J., and Ginsburg, J. Stevens, J., joined as to Parts I, II, III-E, and IV)
Dissenting Opinion Souter, J. & Stevens, J. (concurring in part and dissenting in part) & Scalia, J. ( joined by Thomas, J. and Kennedy, J.)
Certiorari Granted 01/24/1994
Lower Court Florida Supreme Court
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied.
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Mathew D. Staver

For Respondent
Talbot D’Alemberte

For United States
Solicitor General Drew S. Days

Briefs
For Amicus
Solicitor General Drew S. Days; Frank W. Hunger; Paul Bender; Beth S. Brinkman; Anthony J. Steinmeyer; Johnathan R. Siegal, Amicus Curiae Brief for the United States of America on behalf of the respondents.

Opinion - Lower Court
Operation Rescue v. Women’s Health Center, Inc., 626 So.2d 664, (Fla., 1993)
News
"Abortion Clinic Fight Heads To Court," New York Times, April 28, 1994, sect. A, p. 16
"Can a Law Curtail Protests Over Abortions" New York Times, July 17, 1994, sect. WC, p. 1
"Doctor Is Slain During Protest Over Abortions," New York Times, March 11, 1993, sect. A, p. 1
"Florida Feels New Push For Protection of Clinics," New York Times, April 2, 1994, sect. A, p. 16
"High Court Backs Limits on Protest at Abortion Clinic," New York Times, July 1, 1994, sect. A, p. 1
"Justices Appear Sympathetic To Anti-Abortion Protesters" New York Times, April 29, 1994, sect. A, p. 17
Federal Statute
Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act

Commentary
FAC overview of abortion protests and buffer zones

Web sites
Feminist Majority Foundation

Operation Rescue

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