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Mark Rienzi, associate professor, law, was quoted in a Boston Globe column on free speech and abortion rights. See below.

Separating speech from action in the abortion debate

From: Boston Globe
Date: Dec. 6, 2015
Author: Joan Vennochi

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“The First Amendment doctrine is clear,” said Mark L. Rienzi, the lawyer who represented the plaintiff, Eleanor McCullen. “You can’t simply silence speech you don’t like. The right response is to prosecute the bad guys, to attack the people who do the actual wrong thing.”

Of course, that means addressing the bad guys and the harm they cause after it has occurred.

But as a matter of law, that’s the way it is.

As far as the controversial Planned Parenthood videos, Rienzi, a law professor at the Catholic University of America, said, “none of that comes close to meeting the legal standard of incitement. That’s speech someone disagrees with. Talking about what you think abortion is, is not incitement to violence. People have been saying ‘abortion is murder’ for a long time.”

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