Tester issues statement on Supreme Court’s “protest-free zone” decision

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that set a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics:

“Women should have the right to make their own health care decisions in private, and laws that protect them from intimidation and harassment are important to protecting that right. This is a disappointing ruling that weakens a woman’s right to privacy.”

Tester is a lifelong supporter of a women’s right to privacy. During his days in the Montana Senate, he voted for a bill – which became law – that prohibits anyone from obstructing a person’s entry or exit from a health care facility and establishes an eight-foot zone around patients and health care personnel.