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January 16, 2014

Salem lawyer part of Supreme Court abortion case


Buffer zones were created in Massachusetts after a 1994 tragedy in which a gunman, John Salvi, killed two clinic employees and wounded five others.

Massachusetts passed its first buffer-zone law in 2000, establishing an 18-foot zone. That law included a “floating zone” that allowed anti-abortion advocates to move closer, Moran said.

The distance was increased to 35 feet several years later.

The Supreme Court will issue a ruling by June.

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