Reform, NCJW ‘concerned’ after Supreme Court lifts abortion clinic buffer

Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two liberal Jewish groups expressed concern about a Supreme Court decision banning buffer zones at abortion clinics.

The court on Thursday unanimously declared unconstitutional a 2007 Massachusetts law mandating 35-foot buffer zones at abortion clinics, citing free speech protections.

A number of groups that advocate for abortion rights had defended the law, saying it protected women’s constitutional right to an abortion from the threat of violence.

The Religious Action Center of the Reform Jewish movement said on Twitter that it was “concerned” by the ruling.
The National Council of Jewish Women said the ruling would endanger clinic staffers and clients.

“It puts at physical risk both the women seeking care at such clinics and those who work at them,” NCJW said in a statement.