US Supreme Court ruled against abortion clinic

On February 28, 2006, the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Scheidler v. National Organization for Women that the Hobbs Act did not shield abortion clinics from demonstrations by anti-abortion protestors. The Court stated that the Hobbs Act, which was passed in 1946, covered threats of violence related to extortion and robbery, and that it was not a freestanding defense against physical violence. Additionally, the Court ruled that Congress never intended for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to apply to anti-abortion protestors.



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