The Supreme Court turned down a case on Monday concerning bubble zones around abortion clinics.
Even Donald Trump must be stunned by this. He had better pay attention, as abortion could be a HUGE issue in 2024.
The decision was against a Catholic sidewalk counselor in New York who pursued the case in the nation's highest court.
'Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to abortion clinic 'bubble' zones'
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"[Debra] Vitagliano argued that the measure, passed in June 2022 and repealed two months later, violated the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment right to free speech," the Washington Examiner reported.
"Vitagliano, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, received support from several anti-abortion and religious groups as well as 14 Republican state attorneys general," it added.
Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to New York law allowing abortion clinic buffer zones https://t.co/38DD0JIJTl
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"Westchester County, New York, passed a local law making it a misdemeanor to knowingly approach within eight feet of another person entering an abortion clinic for the purpose of protesting, counseling or handing any material to them," Fox News reported.
"The law said penalties can include a fine or up to six months in prison, while repeated violations can result in up to a year behind bars," it continued.
The state AGs argued alongside Vitagliano that there is no abortion exception to the First Amendment. The divisive issue remains important as other states are likely to consider similar cases in the days ahead related to the topic.
Instead, the court ruled in favor of states' rights, following the pattern put in place by the overturn of Roe v. Wade last year.
The new move is a blow to pro-lifers in the case, leaving new battles ahead.
The latest decision also shows the concerns associated with states' rights in abortion issues, with left-leaning states ruling against pro-life advocates despite gains in more conservative states.