A bill that would put protections in place for patients visiting abortion clinics and other health facilities throughout the state, after the Supreme Court struck down so-called “buffer zones” as unconstitutional, is headed to Governor Deval Patrick’s desk today for his signature.
The bill, passed by the House of Representatives and Senate this week, just days ahead of the end of the current legislative session, gives law enforcement agencies the power to disperse protesters from the entryways of reproductive health facilities, keeping them 25-feet away for eight hours after the order.
The bill will also put teeth into the state’s ability to prosecute individuals who break the new law by bringing the issue to court.
Earlier this week, after the House and Senate swiftly came to a compromise on the bill, Attorney General Martha Coakley, who was instrumental in crafting the new legislation with pro-choice organizations, state leaders, and health officials, applauded the bill’s passage.
“Women should be able to access reproductive health care free from intimidation and threats, and this bill is a major step toward protecting those rights and protecting public safety around these facilities. I am so thankful to the legislature for their leadership on this issue, and I look forward to the Governor signing this bill into law soon,” she said.
WHY DO PARENTS ALWAYS RUIN YOUR DAY AND THEN ACT LIKE THEY DIDNT RUIN YOUR DAY AND WONDER WHY YOURE IN A BAD MOOD
[at my own wedding] can I stay in the car
i think its dumb if drug dealers get sentenced to longer in prison that rapists?? like people ask for drugs but no one asks for rape???
Finally someone said it.