|By Seth Koenig, Bangor Daily News, Maine|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The two parties will offer oral arguments on the protesters' motion for a preliminary injunction on Thursday afternoon before U.S. District Judge
The country's highest court is expected to issue its decision on the high-profile case within the next three weeks, and that higher court ruling could have significant ramifications for the
In her response to the protesters' motion for an injunction, city attorney
If the country's top court overturns the lower court decision, it would likely undermine the city of
"The 1st Circuit upheld the district court decision ... rejecting the claim that the
As in that case, the
The plaintiffs name the city of
In November, the
Planned Parenthood representatives argued before the council that patients, many of whom were not going to the clinic to seek abortions, felt harassed and intimidated by the protesters, and the buffer zone was necessary to preserve those patents' legally protected rights to access health care.
One Planned Parenthood patient told the council in November that a demonstrator told her he would "bound me at the knees and lower me into a lake of fire," and on another occasion, that he would "wipe that smile off my face."
The nonprofit Planned Parenthood has been a target of anti-abortion activists nationwide because of the organization's advocacy for reproductive rights.
But protesters, some of whom represented the group Pro-Life Missionaries of
In addition to
Activists on both sides of the abortion issue also are awaiting the
If the court rules in favor of
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