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Supreme Court on abortion protests. (Policy & Practice).

Abortion opponents were celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's 8-1 ruling that authorities cannot use federal racketeering and extortion laws to prosecute clinic protesters. But abortion supporters were quick to point out that the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act is not affected by the decision, and this law prohibits virtually all the activities prosecutors were fighting with the racketeering and extortion statutes. U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, writing for the court, said in upholding a 1998 Chicago jury verdict, that violent or threatening behavior in front of abortion clinics is coercion, not extortion, because it 'does not involve obtaining anything of value.
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Author:Perlstein, Steve; Silverman, Jennifer
Publication:OB GYN News
Date:Apr 1, 2003
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