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Justices doubtful on Mass abortion buffer zone law

This photo taken Dec. 17, 2013 shows anti-abortion protester Eleanor McCullen, of Boston, standing at the painted edge of a buffer zone outside a Planned Parenthood location in Boston. The regulation of protests outside abortion clinics returns to the Supreme Court for the first time since 2000 to find the justices seemingly more protective of speech and less committed to abortion rights. That combination could prove difficult to overcome for the state of Massachusetts as it seeks to defend a law, in arguments at the high court on Jan. 15, that prohibits abortion protests any closer than 35 feet from the entrance to clinics. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears likely to strike down a Massachusetts law setting a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics, with liberal and conservative justices alike expressing misgivings about the law in arguments Wednesday.

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