There were a lot of people in the town of Blair, Nebraska, who thought they knew what was best for "Mary Smith,'' 15 years old and pregnant. But it's unlikely that most of them, including the police, were acting lawfully. In May 1994, Congress passed the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which makes it a federal crime to use force or threaten to use force against a woman seeking an abortion. The law was intended to end the vigilante violence that had exploded at abortion clinics around the country. The lawmakers probably didn't even envision the possibility of vigilante...

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