Buffer Buffoonery

You can see a graphic comparing the 35-foot clinic buffer zone with the Supreme Court’s luxurious 252-foot buffer zone here.

I’ve been to a couple national political conventions now where the “free speech zones” can hardly even be found by convention-goers. This has always struck me as questionable. And yet the slender measure of security afforded to visitors of Massachusetts’s abortion clinics, which have been subjected to horrific violence in the past, is unconstitutional? Seems like the justices are playing legal Calvinball here.

More recommended reading on McCullen v. Coakley: this piece and this other piece by Dahlia Lithwick on Slate. A key quote:

the First Amendment shouldn’t be a Trojan horse that swallows every other right that we cherish. I think the First Amendment and I need to see other people for a few days.

And yes, things have only gotten worse in the 24 hours since I drew this cartoon.


  • http://fayekane.blogspot.com/2011/01/if-you-lived-here-youd-be-homeless-now.html Faye Kane ♀ girl brain

    I don’t get it, Jen. Massachusetts used to keep repiglican crazies 35 feet from the abortion clinic door. Apparently, the supreme court said no, they have to keep their simpleminded signage and photos of biological waste 252 feet away from these legitimate medical centers.

    Why is this a bad thing? Keeping the dimwitted jethros a mile from the door would be even better. Ideally, they’d be herded into boxcars and hauled away to some kind of stupid-people camp. Give them each a tee-vee set and they’d even go along with it.

    You really should clarify that somehow, because it probably doesn’t make sense to other people, too.

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  • Curmudgeon

    So then, by the bandage on Roberts’ head, the tomato on Alito’s head and Thomas’ eye-patch, I take it that you are implying that this is what women who are entering abortion clinics look like after they have passed the gantlet of pro-lifers who are 35 feet away?

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.