Ever since a West Palm Beach abortion clinic was hit by an arson attack in 2005, city officials have struggled to limit protests around the center while respecting First Amendment rights. Their latest attempt has passed an important early test, suggesting that the city may have found the right balance between the right of free speech and privacy.
Two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks rejected an attempt to temporarily block the city’s “quiet zone” ordinance. It prohibits people from shouting or using bullhorns and loudspeakers to amplify their voices within 100 feet of the Presidential Women’s Center or other health care facilities.
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