Progressive Democrat Restricts First Amendment Rights, Earns $250,000 Reward

Massachusetts House of Representatives


The State House
Room 39
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2014

Representative James J. Lyons, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

January 15, 2014                  

Lyons Reacts to US Supreme Court Hearing on Buffer Zone Law


Boston – Following oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court regarding the appeal of the Massachusetts Buffer Zone Law, Representative Jim Lyons (R-Andover) stated that, “The Supreme Court heard the Buffer Zone appeal today. Justice Elena Kagan, one of the most liberal members of the Supreme Court, conceded she was ‘hung up’ over the size of the Massachusetts Buffer Zone.” Lyons continued, “First amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams has written that, ‘The protections of the First Amendment do not evaporate the closer one comes to an abortion clinic. Access must be protected; so must speech.’ This, however, doesn’t matter to progressives in Massachusetts, where one party rule wants to trample upon our constitutionally protected rights.”


Lyons went on to state that, “Progressives in Massachusetts do not like the fact that peaceful, prayerful people want to share a Pro-Life message on public streets in Massachusetts. They passed a law that restricts free speech for a specific group about a specific issue. The lead author, former State Representative Martha Walz, was hired as CEO of Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, a position that has paid $250,000 per year in the past. Progressives use state law to restrict first amendment rights. The Reward: a $250,000 per year job. Political patronage, Beacon Hill style.”




For more information, contact:


Representative Jim Lyons

18th Essex District

State House, Room 39

Boston, MA 02133


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