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Ketanji Brown Jackson's View on Roe v. Wade & Sidewalk Advocates



Judge Jackson currently is a judge on the D.C. Circuit.President Biden nominated Judge Jackson to the D.C. Circuit to fill the seat vacated by Judge Merrick B. Garland. Jackson has been practicing law for over 30 years.[1]

In 2001, Jackson co-authored an amicus brief supporting a Massachusetts law that created a “buffer zone” to prevent pro-life sidewalk counselors ability to speak with women outside of abortion facilities.[2]

Jackson’s brief represented NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the League of Women Voters, the Abortion Access Project of Massachusetts and many abortion clinics.

In that brief, abortion is equated to “any other medical procedure, [that] is performed under special circumstances that ensure maximum safety for the patient. ” [3]

That brief also describe sidewalk advocates as “threatening and dangerous… unwanted communication.”[3]


[1]Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson: Selected Primary Material“., Congressional Research Service., March 3, 2022., https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/LSB/LSB10702

[2]“McGuire v. Reilly”., United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit., Casetext., Aug 13, 2001., https://casetext.com/case/mcguire-v-reilly-7

[3]“McGuire v. Reilly Text”., United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit., CNS News., Aug 13, 2001., https://cdn.cnsnews.com/attachment/1-AMICUS%20BRIEF-MCGUIRE%20V%20REILLY-KETANJI%20BROWN%20JACKSON.pdf

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