Protesting Abortion

Free speech or no?

Since 1993 there have been seven murders and fourteen attempted murders of abortion-clinic personnel, as well as more than two hundred clinic bombings and arsons. In this atmosphere one can readily understand that those who work in abortion clinics feel physically endangered. But by whom? By protesters who speak out against what happens in the clinics? Where should the line be drawn between protesters’ free-speech rights and what the law calls "true threats" or...

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About the Author

Edward McGlynn Gaffney Jr., a frequent contributor, is professor of Law at Valparaiso University.