The Latest: Abortion protesters OK letting buffer zone stand

The Latest: Abortion protesters OK letting buffer zone stand

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jul. 24, 2017 at 5:51 p.m.


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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a temporary restraining order limiting abortion protesters at a Kentucky clinic (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Abortion opponents have agreed to abide by a federal restraining order that keeps them from gathering on a patch of sidewalk outside the only clinic still performing abortions in Kentucky.

The opponents, who had been challenging the temporary order in court, said they will let the order continue until it expires later this week. U.S. District Judge David Hale approved the agreement after a hearing on Monday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said enforcement of the buffer zone will protect both patients seeking access to Louisville's EMW Women's Surgical Center as well as the First Amendment rights of protesters.

Rusty Thomas, director of the group Operation Save America, was challenging the restraining order. Thomas' group is leading large anti-abortion protests at the clinic this week.

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2:10 p.m.

Abortion opponents are challenging a federal restraining order that keeps them from gathering on a patch of sidewalk in front of the only clinic still performing abortions in Kentucky.

Last week a federal judge established a buffer zone outside Louisville's EMW Women's Surgical Center that keeps protesters from assembling in front of the clinic. Abortion opponents challenged the ruling in a hearing on Monday. It will continue Tuesday at the Louisville federal courthouse.

Rusty Thomas, director of the group Operation Save America, is challenging the restraining order. Thomas' group is leading large anti-abortion protests at the clinic in Louisville this week.

A clinic volunteer, Patricia Canon, testified at the hearing that the buffer zone helped patients move into the clinic without obstructions during protests by the group on Saturday.

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