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McCullen et al. v. Martha Coakley

Challenge to a Massachusetts law prohibiting protests within 35 feet of abortion clinics. In February 2012 the U.S. District Court upheld the law. In January 2013 a three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s decision. On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, and oral arguments took place on January 15, 2014. Final Outcome: The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the law on the ground that it violates protestors’ First Amendment rights. (See the district court opinion here. See the 1st Circuit opinion here. See the U.S. Supreme Court opinion here. Learn more about the case here.)