(AP File Photo)
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A fight that pits free speech against patients' rights at abortion clinics goes to the U.S. Supreme Court.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern reports from Washington:

Justices are considering a challenge from Eleanor McCullen, a 77-year-old Bostonian who tries to counsel women away from abortions.

Eleanor McCullen

(McCullen) "They don't really want to go in. They need somebody to care for them and I care. I truly care."

But when she gets 35 feet away from a Massachusetts clinic, she's forced to end that conversation because of a state law creating a buffer zone.

Martha Coakley

(Coakley) "They do have a right to speak, we know it is not unlimited."

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says the law strikes a balance between free speech and public safety.

But Justices raised questions about the size of the zone. Elana Kagen stating she was hung up on why the buffer must be 35 feet.

On Capitol Hill, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.