It’s something that most Americans agree upon -- Women need to be free from harassment, intimidation and even violence when obtaining reproductive health services.
Yet the Supreme Court ruled yesterday to strike down Massachusetts law creating a buffer zone that protects women from such harassment -- The very court that is protected by its own buffer zone. Go figure.
At Planned Parenthood, our first priority and concern is ensuring the safety and privacy of our patients and staff. Nothing in yesterday’s ruling changes that. And while we are disappointed with the decision, in California we have many other laws and strategies we can use to protect our patients and staff.
Want to know what this ruling means for you? Maggie Crosby, a senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Northern California, has written what this ruling means for Californians and the seven cities that have instituted buffer and bubble zones to protect citizens from harassment.
The bottom line is that we will continue to work with local official and law enforcement to ensure our patients can come to our health centers without fear of harassment and intimidation.
Planned Parenthood health centers are here. Doors open. For everyone.