Judge Orders Buffer Zone Outside Abortion Clinic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge issued an order to keep protesters away from a ``buffer zone'' outside Kentucky's only abortion clinic, which is targeted by a national anti-abortion group.

The temporary restraining order issued by U.S. District Judge David Hale was requested by federal prosecutors in a pre-emptive move ahead of a week-long vigil by Operation Save America.

Hale scheduled a Monday hearing on the government's request for a preliminary injunction to keep protesters from impeding access to EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville.

The ACLU says the injunction provides "a small measure of relief" to women who are "getting constitutionally protected health care."


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