United States

Mississippi city passes law to limit noise outside abortion clinic

JACKSON, Miss. — Noisy conflict is common outside Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, with protesters sometimes using bullhorns to amplify their voices and the clinic itself blaring music to keep patients from hearing the protesters. Owners of nearby businesses say the commotion is a headache for their customers who want to enjoy a meal or buy some clothes. In response, the Jackson City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday to enact a local law limiting amplified sound outside health care facilities and creating buffer zones to move protesters further from the entrances. The law is set to take effect in about a month and opponents say it unconstitutionally limits their right to free speech. A court challenge is likely. The council vote came ...