The U.S. Supreme Court sided with anti-abortion groups in a 20-year-old lawsuit by ruling on Tuesday that federal law did not cover the physical violence by protesters cited in the shutdown of health clinics.
The ruling marked the third top court decision in the cases that began in 1986, when anti-abortion groups were sued by the National Organization for Women and others for their tactics, including violent demonstrations to block access to clinics where abortions were performed.
The reason is simple:
physical violence unrelated to robbery or extortion falls outside of the scope of the federal law, known as the Hobbs Act
One of those pesky little details in the law, a loop hole.