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Statement of AUL on Supreme Court’s denial of review in McCullen v. Coakley

Washington D.C. — Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to a Massachusetts law establishing a 35 foot “no-enter zone” around abortions clinics in which Americans can be arrested for peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.

“We are disappointed that the Court refused to protect the First Amendment and to restore freedom of speech to all Americans,” said Denise Burke, Vice President of Legal Affairs with Americans United for Life (AUL).  “This law clearly represents a serious threat to one of our most cherished and fundamental freedoms.”

AUL filed a brief on behalf of 40 Days for Life urging the Court to accept the case.  40 Days for Life is a successful community-based campaign that draws attention to abortion through prayer, fasting, peaceful vigils outside abortion clinics, and other forms of community outreach.  A recent 40 Days for Life campaign was conducted in 212 communities across the United States with more than 85,000 participants nationwide.

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AUL’s brief in McCullen v. Coakley is available here.