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Madsen v. Women’s Health Center, Inc.

United States Supreme Court
512 U.S. 753 (1994)


Facts

Madsen (defendant) was one of a group of anti-abortion protesters enjoined by the courts of the state of Florida against picketing within a certain distance of the Women’s Health Center, Inc. (plaintiff). After finding that the protesters violated its first injunction, the court issued a new injunction that imposed expanded limitations on protest activities. The protesters challenged the injunction in state court. The state supreme court upheld the injunction. The protesters petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.

Rule of Law

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, C.J.)

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  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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Concurrence/Dissent (Stevens, J.)

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