Schenck v. Pro-Choice Network of Western New York

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February 1997
  • Fairness in the Courts
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Litigation Case Document

Schenck v. Pro-Choice Network of Western New York, 519 U.S. 357 (1997)

Legal Momentum was co-counsel in this case with Professor Lucinda Finley.

The U.S. Supreme Court held that fixed buffer zones—which prohibited demonstrations within 15 feet of the clinics' doorways, parking lot entrances, driveways, and driveway entrances—were necessary to ensure the government's interest in public safety. However, the Court also ruled that floating buffer zones—which prohibited demonstrations within 15 feet of any person or vehicle seeking access to or leaving the clinics—violated the protestors' rights to free speech more than was necessary to serve public safety.