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NY attorney general: Abortion buffer zones intact

July 10, 2014
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general says legal buffer zones around abortion clinics are intact in 22 of the state's counties despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week striking down the 35-foot protest-free zone outside clinics in Massachusetts.

In an open letter to police agencies Thursday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office won't let anti-abortion activists use "a narrowly targeted" court decision to create confusion.

New York City law sets a 15-foot buffer zone in front of clinics. A federal court in Buffalo issued an injunction in 2005 requiring protesters to abide by a 15-foot zone at clinics in 17 counties in western New York.

Schneiderman says the Supreme Court ruling affirmed that states can protect their interest in ensuring access to reproductive health services.



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