Supreme Court to hear arguments on freedom of speech in abortion case

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  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 2:59 p.m.

    Westboro Baptist protest are okay at funerals, but peaceful, non confrontational, non obstructive protests are on trial, all because they are on the wrong side of PC.

    Truly a sad day for America. I hope the ruling is in favor of freedom, not just freedom to murder the unborn, but freedom to say that murdering the unborn is sick and wrong.

  • Hank Jr Draper, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 1:18 p.m.

    It's too bad all the people who favor abortion have already been born.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 7:19 p.m.

    Abortion is just another part of the liberal democrats war on children.

    Children have no rights in this country.
    They are abused and neglected in evil indisfunctional families and taken away, yet the courts and DCFS are forced to find someone within that same evil family to give them back to.
    They are exploited in the media, dressed up like adults and paraded around for amusement.
    They are molested and the molester has more rights in the court then the exploited child.
    The are forced into institutional government schooling, most with out protection, in gun free zones.
    They are being left trillions in national debt so deep that they will spend many years to dig out or they will have to have a revolution.
    They are killed by the millions through abortion, by the very people who should be protecting their right to life.

    This is an all out war on children and we as a nation are loosing, the best and the brightest because we are selfish and can not see that our greatest assets are our children.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 6:18 p.m.

    The thing is when you start abridging rights and freedom where does it end?

    It is easy to ban and abridge and silence those voices you do not like or claim offense.

    Do want true freedom or do want to you live with shackled rights and freedoms so you can live in a blissful bubble?

    Again when start subtracting rights and freedoms for anyone where will it end? Where has it ever ended that is good?

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    yes but protesters stop and harass people coming and going thus taking rights away from others.
    it is like the christian groups that went to funerals of our fallen troops and called them cowards and satans people because of some homosexual cause. was that a thing that should have beeen allowed? antihomosexual. a death is a private thing for family. so is someone going to a clinic.

  • A Quaker Brooklyn, NY
    Jan. 15, 2014 11:04 a.m.

    Being peaceful is always good.

    One of the tactics you can use as a peaceful demonstrator, however, is to peacefully block access. Remember the "sit ins" of the 60's and 70's?

    A municipality can't really regulate what protesters yell, or who they're allowed to yell at. That is free speech and is protected, as long as it doesn't involve menacing and death threats. However, a municipality can regulate foot traffic to allow the orderly flow of people going about their business. Creating a modest "buffer zone" around an establishment involved in a lightning-rod issue seems like a reasonable compromise.

    Thirty-five feet is not that much of a restriction. Ask any athlete if they can hear any of the things fans yell from the stands. Some of the signs I've seen at protests are big enough to be easily read a few hundred feet away. And, I've seen more than once an anti-abortion protester at a clinic harrassing a suspected patient, putting hands on her, or physically blocking her path while waving things in her face.

    Speech is speech, it's not unfettered access to block or harrass.