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Inc. Madsen v. Women's Health Center

Significance, Standards Of Scrutiny, The Majority Opinion, Stevens Dissents In Part, Scalia Dissents


Judy Madsen, et al.


Womens Health Center, Inc.

Petitioner's Claim

Portions of an injunction limiting the activities of abortion protesters violate First Amendment rights to free speech.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Matthew D. Staver

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Talbot D'Alemberte

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), David H. Souter, Clarence Thomas

Justices Dissenting

Anthony M. Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

30 June 1994


The injunction is upheld in part and reversed in part.

Related Cases

  • Carey v. Brown, 447 U.S. 455 (1980).
  • United States Postal Service v. Council of Greenburgh Civic Associations, 453 U.S. 114 (1981).
  • International Society for Krishna Consciousness v. Lee, 505 U.S. 672 (1992).
  • Operation Rescue v. Women's Health Center, 626 So. 2d 664 (Fla. 1993).
  • Schenck v. Pro-Choice Network of Western New York, 519 U.S. 357 (1997).

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