BOSTON, Mass. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld Massachusetts' abortionbuffer zone law.
The 2007 law creates 35-foot protest-free zones around theentrances and driveways of clinics that offer reproductiveservices.
Abortion protesters who filed the lawsuit last year said thebuffer zones infringed on their First Amendment right to freespeech.
Attorney General Martha Coakley's office defended the law,saying it enhanced public safety and clinic access, while stillguaranteeing people's right to express their opinions near theclinics.
The ruling Wednesday by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court ofAppeals upholds a lower court that also rejected the plaintiff'sclaims.
A lawyer representing the protesters did not immediatelyreturn a phone call Thursday.
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