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Supreme Court Allows Clinic Injunction Against Protesters to Stand

In a 6 - 3 decision, the United States Supreme Court has allowed a California state order requiring anti-abortion protesters to keep across a four-lane road from a California abortion clinic. Christine Williams and Citizens for Life had challenged the 1991 permanent injunction, but the California Supreme Court let it stand. The U.S. Supreme Court did not rule, but upheld the California Supreme Courts ruling by refusing to take the case. Lawyers for the Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo clinic in Vallejo had urged the court not to hear the appeal, pending since 1995, because the protesters carried out "a pattern of harassment and intimidation of (the clinics) patients and staff."

The case is Williams v. Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo, 95-576.

Media Resources: The Nando Net - March 17, 1997