Because an anti-abortionprotester had a history of harassing and abusive conduct, a court orderthat he avoid an expanded buffer zone outside a Connecticut abortion clinicdoes not violate the First Amendment, a federal appeals panel has ruled.

A divided three-judge panelof the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit also found that StanleyG. Scott was legitimately ordered to observe a “floating buffer zone” ofat least eight feet around women entering a Bridgeport clinic because Mr.Scott had repeatedly violated the court’s injunctions in United Statesv. Scott, 98-6087.