Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ruling Creates Temporary Reprieve, Push for New Laws

The recent Supreme Court ruling striking down a Massachusetts “buffer zone” law was a banner day for pro-life activists — especially Molly Jesse, who lives in nearby Burlington, Vermont.

As a result of the June 26 ruling in McCullen v. Coakley, Burlington city officials stopped enforcing their 35-foot buffer zone law and dropped their case against Ms. Jesse for leaving a car with pro-life signage in a handicapped parking space inside the buffer zone.

“I was thrilled beyond words. Everybody was,” said Ms. Jesse, who uses a cane to walk. “God works. God is in control.”

Pro-life activists elsewhere are cheering a decision in Madison, Wisconsin, to suspend a law that creates massive buffer zones in the city, while in Massachusetts, people like Eleanor McCullen are again drawing closer to the abortion clinics.

“I can help with housing, medical — we work with St. Elizabeth’s, just down the road, and everything is free,” Ms. McCullen, 77, told two women approaching a Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston, according to the Los Angeles Times. Unlike previous years, Ms. McCullen ignored the painted line on the sidewalk 35 feet outside the clinic, since it has been declared in violation of her constitutional rights.