Monday, November 13, 2017

Cert. Filed In Challenge To Abortion Clinic Anti-Noise Law

A petition for certiorari (full text) was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court last week in March v. Mills, (cert. filed 11/6/2017).  In the case, the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a provision of the Maine Civil Rights Act that prohibits a person making noise that can be heard within a health care facility where the intent is to jeopardize health or interfere with the delivery of health services.  In March v. Mills, (1st Cir., Aug. 8, 2017), the appeals court rejected a constitutional challenge brought by an abortion protester who is the pastor and co-founder of a church whose mission was described as including "plead[ing] for the lives of the unborn at the doorsteps of abortion facilities." The 1st Circuit held that the Noise Provision is a content-neutral time, place and manner restriction. Thomas More Law Center issued a press release announcing the filing of the petition for review.