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Hill v. Colorado (2000)

In Brief

Hill v. Colorado, 530 U.S. 703 (2000): Court upholds 8-foot "no approach" zone for protestors within 100 feet of abortion clinics

The Colorado legislature passed a law making it unlawful to demonstrate within 8 feet of a person who is within 100 feet of a health care facility entrance without that person's consent. A group of pro-life side-walk counselors filed suit claiming the law was an unconstitutional restriction of their right to free speech.

 The Supreme Court disagreed. The Court affirmed the state's traditional "police power" to protect unimpeded access to health care facilities and to prevent potential trauma to patients, and held that the 8-foot zone allows protestors to stand still while people walk past them to or from the health care facility and to communicate at a normal conversational distance.

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