The First Amendment Encyclopedia

Presented by the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies

Case Categories: Anti-Abortion Protests and Free Speech

This is a list of First Amendment cases involving anti-abortion protests and free speech.

Abortion has been one of the most volatile issues in the United States and at times, speech about it has implicated First Amendment freedoms.

In essence, there are two rights at stake: the privacy rights of patients and staff members at health care facilities and the rights of speech, assembly, and petition of pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters.

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