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July 8, 2014

Group urges caution on abortion clinic bill

BOSTON — An anti-abortion group is calling on lawmakers to proceed cautiously as they consider ways to strengthen security around abortion clinics.

In a letter sent Tuesday to members of the House and Senate, Massachusetts Citizens for Life warned that any new law could meet with another constitutional challenge.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week struck down the state's 35-foot buffer zone law, deeming it a restraint on the free-speech rights of anti-abortion protesters.

Gov. Deval Patrick and Attorney General Martha Coakley say they're working to craft a bill that would address the concerns of the court, with the hope it could be approved before the legislative session ends July 31.

The letter urges lawmakers to "please think carefully as to whether or not the latest version will pass constitutional muster."

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