WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 26, 2014 – Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court decisions on buffer zones in front of clinics providing abortions (McCullen v. Coakley) and on recess appointments (NLRB v. Noel Canning):

BUFFER ZONES:

Although the Court has left open some avenues for states to protect women accessing reproductive health clinics, Chief Justice Roberts’s opinion sadly makes that much more difficult and continues the fiction that protestors aiming to harass women and doctors merely want to “talk” to and “counsel” women seeking health care.

 RECESS APPOINTMENTS

At a time when scores of vital jobs in the federal government remain unfilled because of Republican obstruction, this decision makes it even more difficult to fill these positions by endorsing the notion that Congress can be deemed to be “in session” when the session is little more than a sham.

Additional AFJ Resources on buffer zones case 

 Additional AFJ Resources on recess appointments case 

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