Supreme Court petitioned to hear case on law blocking protests and counseling in front of abortion clinics

 July 24, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court has been petitioned to hear a case against a New York county law blocking protestors from demonstrating and approaching people in front of abortion clinics.

Debra Vitagliano, a Catholic "sidewalk counselor," petitioned the court to review Hill v. Colorado, a case that limits First Amendment rights within 100 feet of an entrance of a healthcare facility and prohibits approaching a person within eight feet without their consent to provide counseling.

A press release from the firm representing Vitagliano stated that she had been "called to offer compassionate, face-to-face support for women considering abortion." Vitagliano is a devout Catholic as well as an occupational therapist for special-needs children.

Vitagliano filed this petition in light of the Supreme Court's recent rulings bolstering the First Amendment and overturning Roe. v. Wade.

Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit blocked a similar law, and lower courts are litigating the issue around the nation.

If the Supreme Court were to come out and support the First Amendment rights of protestors and counselors, it would be a huge win for the pro-life movement.