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A Note on Safe, Private Health Care at Planned Parenthood:
On Thursday, June 26, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling striking down a Massachusetts buffer zone law designed to protect patients from harassment when seeking abortion care.
The ruling is deeply disappointing for those of us who believe that women should be able to make carefully considered, private medical decisions without judgment, fear or intimidation.
But rest assured, our doors are open. We continue to offer high-quality, non-judgmental care for all who need it. Nothing in yesterday’s ruling changes that.
We do not yet know to what extent the ruling could affect us in San Francisco where a 25-foot buffer zone ordinance was approved in May 2013. We do know that there are a host of other state laws and legal protections on the books in California, including the California FACE Act (Freedom to Access to Clinics and Church Entrance Act) that protects women who seek reproductive health care.
And though one tool for patient protection may have been weakened, we will make full use of all the tools at our disposal. We expect local law enforcement to enforce already existing laws and we thank you for the outpouring of support.
Heather Saunders Estes MSW, MPA
President and CEO
Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific Action Fund
About Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific Action Fund:
Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific Action Fund (PPSPAF) is a separately incorporated political organization that helps elect candidates to public office who support Planned Parenthood’s goals and mission. The Action Fund advocates for safe and legal access to Planned Parenthood services and for funding and laws that support affordable family planning and comprehensive sex education.
Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific Action Fund Protects, Informs and Elects.
- PROTECTS programs that keep the services of Planned Parenthood health centers affordable, like Family PACT
- INFORMS our community about the importance of protecting women’s rights
- ELECTS candidates who care about women’s healthcare, comprehensive sex education, and your right to make your own medical decisions