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Bray v. Alexandria Women's Health Clinic

506 U.S. 263, 113 S. Ct. 753, 122 L. Ed. 2d 34 (1993)

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Bray v. Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic

United States Supreme Court

506 U.S. 263, 113 S. Ct. 753, 122 L. Ed. 2d 34 (1993)

Facts

Operation Rescue and other abortion opponents (protestors) (defendants) staged coordinated, nationwide demonstrations at abortion clinics. The protestors occupied public streets and entered private property in an attempt to prevent women from obtaining abortions. Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic and other abortion providers (clinics) (plaintiffs) sued the protestors pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1985(3), requesting that the district court enjoin the protestors from staging further demonstrations. The clinics alleged that the protestors’ actions were motivated by animus against the class of women seeking abortions or, in the alternative, animus against women in general. They further alleged that the protestors infringed on the right to interstate travel or, in the alternative, the right to an abortion. At trial, the protestors presented evidence that their goal was to stop abortions and to physically intervene between abortion providers and their innocent victims. The trial court issued an injunction barring further demonstrations, and the court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Scalia, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Souter, J.)

Dissent (O’Connor, J.)

Dissent (Stevens, J.)

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