Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Signs Clinic Protection Legislation


Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law on Wednesday afternoon a bill designed to increase public safety and access around abortion provider facilities, following the Supreme Court’s buffer zone ruling last month.

The bill, known as An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities, was rushed through the legislature after the state’s buffer zone law was struck down in June. It was passed by both chambers of the legislature last week, and then underwent a final vote of approval Tuesday.

According to MassLive, the state house passed the bill with an “emergency preamble,” which means that it will take effect as soon as it is signed.

As RH Reality Check has previously reported, the legislation makes it illegal to impede or restrict access to a clinic, including by blocking vehicles, and sets up civil and criminal sanctions for those who violate the law. It also gives law enforcement the power to disperse groups of two or more who are limiting access to a facility. After a dispersal order is given, the group has to stand at least 25 feet from the clinic’s entrance for eight hours.

In a statement earlier this month, Attorney General Martha Coakley said that “no woman should face intimidation or threats when trying to access reproductive health care services. The Supreme Court should not have the final word. We should have the final word in protecting this access.”

At the bill’s signing Wednesday, Gov. Patrick echoed that sentiment, saying that the legislation “affirms that we in this Commonwealth … will step up to protect a woman’s right to choose.”

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  • StealthGaytheist

    Hurrah!

    • roccolore

      You cheer for Kermit Gosnell.

      • StealthGaytheist

        Kermit Gosnell is what happens when there aren’t enough legal, safe options for reproductive health care.

      • Dez

        And you cheer for dead poor brown and black women by closing safe clinics they can afford to go to thus forcing them to go to Gosnell type clinics. How does it feel to have their blood on your hands and knowing their children will be raised motherless because she could not access safe abortions?

        • roccolore

          Racists are pro-abortion.

          • Dez

            Sorry but you are talking to a black woman that is perfectly capable of making her own medical decisions. Unlike you I trust brown and black women to know whether they want to terminate a pregnancy or not. It’s sad that you would sacrifice our lives for your ideology. Brown and black women are of no worth to people like you.

          • Arekushieru

            Racists are anti-choice, which includes your ilk and Hitler. So, yes, a case could be made that you are both Pro-‘Life’ and Pro-Abortion.

          • roccolore

            Racists are pro-abortion. Hitler was pro-abortion. Planned Parenthood’s founder was a white supremacist and a Klan apologist.

          • Arekushieru

            Nope, your ilk are white supremacists and Klan apologists.

            Margaret Sanger may have been a racist but she absolutely ABHORRED Hitler and the KKK. She may even have been a partial eugenicist, but she ABHORRED sterilization practices and breeding programs just like the ones that HITLER (y’know the guy you admire so much?) wanted to introduce.

            And it’s YOUR ilk that thinks Black women should be denied the same rights as everyone else after all. In your eyes poor black women are ‘welfare queens’ while poor white women are worthy of pity.

            Hitler was anti-choice, which is WHY he was both Pro-Abortion and Pro-Life. Forced gestation for German women. Forced abortions for Jewish women. And you people say you are Pro-Jews. Give me a fucking BREAK.

          • roccolore

            You Democrats are the white supremacists who support someone who advocated killing black babies. You Democrats are the KKK, the party of Robert Byrd. Hitler was “pro-choice”.

          • Jennifer Starr

            No, he was anti-choice.

          • roccolore

            The pro-abortion movement was founded on Naziism.

          • Jennifer Starr

            No, it wasn’t.

          • Jennifer Starr

            Hitler was anti-choice. Like you.

          • roccolore

            Fascist Democrat, Hitler was pro-abortion, like you. He was also anti-Jewish.

          • Jennifer Starr

            No, afraid not. You can keep writing it over and over and that still won’t make it the truth.

          • roccolore

            Democrats like you wouldn’t know the first thing about truth.

          • Jennifer Starr

            You need more hysteria. Getting bored now.

          • Arekushieru

            Nope. Reality has a LIBERAL bias. ReTHUGlicanism is pure hypocrisy and bigotry. Welfare for the wealthy, death by starvation for the poor. OOPS.

          • roccolore

            Liberals are the thugs who support rich Hollyweirdos like Michael Moore, who accuse everyone else of greed, yet won’t share his huge net worth.

          • Arekushieru

            He accuses himself of Greed. It’s RETHUGLICANS who deny that their greedy then oppose social welfare programs that actually allow poor people to LIVE.

          • roccolore

            Democrats are the party of greedy thugs who advocate tax hikes but refuse to pay their own taxes.

          • Arekushieru

            WE’RE the ones who actually pay our taxes. Douchebag. YOUR ilk are the ones who put their money overseas in tax havens. OOPS.

          • roccolore

            Democrats like you are the douchebags who defend tax cheats like Charlie Rangel, Tim Geithner, Tom Daschle, Kathleen Sebelius. Democrats are the ones who make every effort to avoid paying the very taxes they advocate.

          • Jennifer Starr

            Dear oh dear. You just can’t seem to stop being an idiot, Rocco.

          • dudebro

            Citation needed..

          • dudebro

            Citation needed

          • P. McCoy

            Hitler abolished abortion for Aryan women and awarded medals of honor to those same women who had four and especially eight or more children. The inferor Slavic women were to relieve these mothers of menial labor by serving as abject slaves. Forced abortion as well forced sterilization was to be used against captive Jewish women and other women that the Reich deemed to be inferior.

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            Liar liar pants on fire.

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            I do not care if Margaret Sanger was a bagel. What does any of your raving have to do with me getting a safe legal abortion when I want one?

      • fiona64

        You cheer for Scott Roeder, Eric Rudolph, and John Salvi.

        • roccolore

          Kermit Gosnell killed more than all those combined.

          • fiona64

            And Kermit Gosnell is what happens when people like you get their way. If you think that women will stop seeking abortions if they’re made illegal again, you’re insane. These women were desperate and so they went to a man who the pro-choice were trying to have stopped for *decades.*

          • roccolore

            Fascist Democrats like you want more abortion clinics to create more Kermit Gosnells. Of course, pro-abortionists like you still think Gosnell is the victim.

          • fiona64

            I’m pretty sure that a competent psychiatrist will be able to help you with your delusions.

          • roccolore

            You’re delusional for defending Gosnell.

          • fiona64

            Since I haven’t defended Gosnell, you are further demonstrating a need for psychiatric help.

            Or literacy training.

            Or both.

          • StealthGaytheist

            Nobody here has defended Gosnell, nor claimed he is a victim. Quit lying, if you are capable.

          • Dez

            You are the one that wants black and brown women to die in Gosnell clinics by getting rid of safe clinics. How do you sleep at night knowing you took away mothers from their children? Will you support them?

          • Arekushieru

            You’re the true fascist. Case in point: Hitler, who was just as anti-choice as YOU, was a fascist. OOPS.

          • roccolore

            You Democrats are the fascists because you are anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, pro-abortion, pro-Islam, and you hate our troops. Hitler was pro-abortion.

          • Arekushieru

            Yup, Hitler was Pro-Abortion which is why he’s ANTI-CHOICE, the same as being Pro-Life makes him equally as anti-choice. OOPS.

            YOU people are anti-Jews except for when it behooves you to pull the religious card against Islam. Up until Israel was created people like you were just as anti-Jew as Hitler himself. Just because the Jews are doing the same thing as Hitler did to them, to the Palestinians, however, your ilk finds some perverse excitement in supporting them.

            Let me fill you in on two little not so well kept ‘secrets’ of mine.

            I’m MOSTLY German. My German grandfather, however, fought on the side of the allies. I’m PROUD of him and even to this day if a Jewish person held my nationality against me, I’d have no problem with that. The countrymen of my ancestors did some pretty terrible things to them, after all. However, the Palestinians that currently reside in the Gaza Strip had NOTHING to do with those atrocities. And currently, Israel has killed more of EITHER militants and civilians of Palestine than Palestinians have militants. Do tell me how being opposed to the same atrocities that were perpetrated by the Germans being used against another minority is ANTI-JEWISH? Oh, it’s not? First time you’d be right, then, ass. Also, do tell me how killing of innocent civilians rather than militants makes Israeli Jews more ‘peaceful’ than Muslims? Hmmmmmm…?

            I’m also CHRISTIAN. So, do tell me how I can be anti-Christian when I’m actually the one who practices the basic Christian tenet of love and acknowledges that the majority of people are right to ‘hate’ Christians because we have privileges that most of them could never DREAM of and, despite that, that the majority of Christians tend to be intolerant ASSES like yourself. Being tolerant of intolerance is still intolerance, ‘genius’.

            Finally, I’d say the person who wants to constantly send out our troops on dangerous and ILLEGAL missions to ‘defend’ ourselves from a non-existent enemy while sitting safely at home as they risk their VERY LIVES, DAILY is the one that hates our troops. And that would be people like YOU. OOOOPPPPSSSIIIIIEEEESSSS!

          • roccolore

            Pro-abortion = “pro-choice”

          • Arekushieru

            Nope. Pro-Abortion and Pro-Life = anti-choice. Pro-Choice = Pro=Choice. It’s really too bad that that is so fucking difficult for you to understand.

          • roccolore

            “Pro-choice” movement attacks women who choose NOT to abort.

          • Arekushieru

            Nope. We support ALL women who make the choice NOT to abort like my PRO-CHOICE MOTHER. AW.

          • Jennifer Starr

            Try harder–that wasn’t nearly hysterical enough to be entertaining.

          • fiona64

            He’s freakin’ looney-tunes. Look at his comment history. ::shudder::

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            Yawn. Try harder.

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            No one here is defending Gosnell. No one here would defend Gosnell.

  • DFW

    At least ONE state has the guts to stand up to the hate crowd. May Massachusetts be an example of courage for the rest of us to follow.

    • roccolore

      Liberals like you are the hatemongers.

      • Dez

        No that’s “pro-lifers” like you that threaten, harass and assimilate those who have the audacity to support a woman right to abortion. Tell me how is it “pro-life” to put a bullet in someone’s head in front of their family at church?

      • fiona64

        Nope, it’s anti-choice asshats who are the hate-mongers.

        • roccolore

          Pro-abortionists are the hatemongers who think Kermit Gosnell is the victim.

          • fiona64

            I’m pretty sure that a competent psychiatrist will be able to help you with all of your delusions.

  • fiona64

    Good.

  • Jennifer Starr

    Why don’t you think women of color like Dez are capable of making their own reproductive decisions? That’s racist and patronizing.

    • roccolore

      You pro-abortionists are racists. Why are all the pro-abortion leaders white?

      • Jennifer Starr

        I know pro-choice leaders–and no, they aren’t all white. You’re just basically an idiot. And you didn’t answer my question. Why don’t you think Dez is capable of making her own reproductive choices?

        • roccolore

          You don’t think that blacks can make their own minds. You call any minority who can think for herself an “Uncle Tom” or “Aunt Jemima.”

          • Jennifer Starr

            I do? When exactly did I do that?

          • P. McCoy

            You mean: Michael Steele, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, “Justice” Clarence Thomas, Condolezza Rice, Allen West, Thomas Sowell, et al? Self haters such as these who ‘fool and tool’ for their own personal benefit as well as aid the racist right wing obviously don’t think for themselves. You need to be asking your ‘pro life’ associates a: how many Black Children they have adopted, b: why at the SC decision for Hobby Lobby, those women there cheering the decision were All WHITE, c:.why do women of that ilk as well as other ‘pro life’ groups advocate their cause by putting up billboards of pink, ARYAN babies in non White neighborhoods or wave those same images only at their victory rallies, like they were doing in DC at the Hobby Lobby rally!

      • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

        There are not any pro abortion leaders.

  • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

    Monitors. Please stop taking roccolore down. Thank you.

  • P. McCoy

    Deleted post- my apologies, posted in error.

  • anja

    In my opinion, if you have to harass, terrorize, lie, cheat, threaten, and murder to get your way your cause is unjust. That’s exactly what the anti-choice crowd is doing to get reproductive healthcare outlawed. Their views and opinions are not majorally supported by the public, science, or common sense. Not even the bible supports their cause. So essentially they’re ignorant bigots who oppress women and familes to fill their need for evangelical moral dominance. That’s a social sickness.

    • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

      Well said.

  • Arekushieru

    It would be interesting if you could tell me how a woman who just told you she was black could be a white supremacist, ass. So, a black woman supports race-selective genocide. It would be interesting to see you backpedal as you learn that you either just called Dez someone who lacks intelligence because she’s black OR you admitted that it ISN’T Pro-Choicers who support race-selective genocide, but ANTI-choicers. AW. Which also makes YOU the white supremacists, not people like her, ASS.

    • roccolore

      The “pro-choice” movement is suing over bans on race-selective genocide. The “Pro-choice” movement was founded by a white supremacist who advocated killing black babies.

      • Arekushieru

        Of course, you still can’t answer my question. And, no, unlike your hero (Hitler) Ms. Sanger did not advocate killing black babies. She advocated birth control that even poor black women could afford JUST LIKE THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS. AW. Ms. Sanger was ALSO (actually, unlike YOUR ilk) anti-abortion. We aren’t suing over bans on race-selective abortion, we are suing over your OBVIOUS attempts to deny black women the same rights that WHITE women have. We are suing over ANTI-choicers PRESUMPTION that black women are not as intelligent as white women. OOPS. Also, white women tend to have fewer pregnancies than black women. And white women and black women CONTINUE more pregnancies than those they choose to terminate. Therefore, there’s ANOTHER reason that abortion CANNOT be considered genocide, ignoramus.

        • roccolore

          Hitler was a hero to the pro-abortion movement. Margaret Sanger was pro-abortion. Pro-abortionists like Sanger think minorities are inferior.

          • Jennifer Starr

            Hitler was anti-choice, Rocco. Just like you are.

          • roccolore

            Hitler was “pro-choice” who choose to kill blacks and Jews.

          • Jennifer Starr

            Nope. You just keep on being wrong, though, Rockykins–it gives us all a good laugh.

          • Arekushieru

            Nope. Then YOU are ‘pro-choice’ who choose to kill white women and women of colour. Not what those terms, mean, creepy freak.

          • Arekushieru

            Why do you keep repeating that Hitler was a hero to the anti-choice movement and that anti-choicers think that minorities are inferior? I know that, that’s what I’m TELLING you, after all. Oops.

            Margaret Sanger was anti-abortion. Although, not anti-choice, like YOU. And her own MOTHER was killed by experiencing seventeen FREQUENT AND RAPIDLY OCCURRING pregnancies and miscarriages. Yet she STILL wanted to make abortion rare. Hmm.

            See you STILL can’t answer my question. COWARD.

          • roccolore

            Pro-abortionists like you are the cowards. And you’re the Hitler worshippers because you’re anti-Jewish.

          • Arekushieru

            Then, if you’re not a coward, answer my question. Otherwise, COWARD.

            I am not anti-choice like you and Hitler, so please stop calling me that. God hates liars and hypocrites, after all. It’s too late for you to work on the latter, but you can at LEAST stop lying, no?

            Nope, I’ve already SAID I’m pro-Jews, but since you’ve already SAID that you’re anti-Jewish, thanks for admitting you’re like Hitler. I condemn people for doing the same actions perpetrated against THEM when they perpetrate similar actions against OTHER people, whereas YOU don’t. And, when it comes to Jews, that’s the same as saying you’re ANTI-Jew. SFS. NOT!

            Besides, the Jewish religion SUPPORTS abortion. And YOU would have Jewish WOMEN die because they were to be put to death if they didn’t have abortions. Seeing Jewish women dying and letting that give you a thrill rather than seeing a fetus aborted does NOT make you Pro-‘life’. It actually makes you ANTI-life and ANTI-CHOICE. THAT’S why being Pro-Choice = Pro- (ACTUAL) Life.

          • roccolore

            You Democrats are the Hitler supporters. I’ve seen your “peace rallies” that say ‘Hitler was right’ and ‘Hitler should have finished the job and killed all Jews.’ Just like Hitler, Democrats like you are anti-Jewish and anti-Christian. Democrats like you blame Jews for all the problems of the world. You Democrats are pro-death and support Hamas.

          • Arekushieru

            Still too cowardly to answer my question. And, sorry, but it is Conservatives and ReTHUGlicans like you that carry those signs at your so-called ‘Christian’ love and peace shut-ins. Oops.

          • roccolore

            YOu Democrats are the cowards and thugs. You wouldn’t allow Ayaan Hirsi Ali to speak at Brandeis. You want to shut down criticism and dissent. You liberals are the ones who are anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, and hate our troops.

          • Arekushieru

            I AM Christian, ass. But I’m not a hypocritical, bigoted, hatemongering Christian like YOU and HITLER were.

            Nope, YOU want to shut down criticism and dissent. It’s funny, though, that the people who oppose criticism and dissent of Israeli governments using the same tactics as Germans did on THEM against PALESTINIANS are the SAME ones who complain about US shutting down dissent and criticism FROM those who whine and make their OWN complaints about ‘unfair’ criticism of Israel.

            Also, if I’m a coward and a thug, why can I address your comments and questions DIRECTLY with AMPLE refutation, while YOU, a conservative ReTHUGlican, cannot? Hmm?

          • roccolore

            You are not a Christian if you are pro-abortion. You are the Hitler supporters because you are anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, pro-abortion, and hate our troops. You are the bigots and hatemongers who support the Duke lacrosse rape hoax, Tawana Brawley, CAIR, La Raza, and Voz de Aztlan. Democrats are the thugs like Floyd Corkins, Nidal Hasan, Carlos Bledsoe, and Dzokhar Tsarnaev.

          • Arekushieru

            Yup, you fucking hate women. And you claim you’re NOT a bigot? If a female relative of yours was raped, I hope they would never come to you, because they would just be blamed no matter what they were wearing, no matter HOW many bruises were on their faces and no matter if you actually WITNESSED the rape. Rape apologists like yourself are some of the biggest bigots around.

            So, since you’re just as anti-choice as Pro-Abortion folks, I guess you can’t be Christian. Since I’m not, I CAN be. Thanks for finally admitting the TRUTH for once, although I know you probably didn’t intend, because Rethuglicans like yourself have no acquaintance with the truth so therefore wouldn’t recognize it.

            The bible was ACTUALLY Pro-Abortion, btw. Good thing I don’t read it, eh, unlike YOU?

            And, again, as I explained above in my previous post, YOU’RE the one who hates the troops.

          • roccolore

            You Democrats are the woman-haters who defend Martin Bashir, Bill Maher, Ed Schultz, Kermit Gosnell, and Islam. You wouldn’t allow Ayaan Hirsi Ali to speak at Brandeis, but you’ll welcome those who advocate stoning rape victims. You Democrats are the liars who defend Tawana Brawley and Crystal Mangum. You Democrats are the thugs who support Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Democrats like you protest against the military. You ban ROTC from college campuses and protest at military funerals.

          • Arekushieru

            YOU stone rape victims every time you accuse them of making up rape claims, fucking ASS. YOU do the same thing that you CLAIM to hate about MUSLIMS. The fact that you oppose us defending rape victims shows that I AM telling the fucking truth and YOU are the fucking liar. SO unsurprised.

            Phelps is one of YOUR ilk. NOT ours, ignoramus.

            Kermit Gosnell has not ONCE been defended by us. He has been by YOU, and YOUR ilk, however. Every time you CLAIM we defend him, YOU are the fucking liar.

          • roccolore

            Liberals like you are the Fred Phelps defenders and supporters of radical Islam. Why do liberals defend radical Islam? Democrats like you support rape hoaxers like Crystal Mangum, which make it harder to prove rape. Democrats are the liars who still defend Tawana Brawley.

            And Gosnell had his defenders: Planned Parenthood, NARAL, NOW.

          • dudebro

            And more citations..

          • dudebro

            Need more citations

          • dudebro

            Citation needed….

      • Jennifer Starr

        No, and no. Want to go for three wrong in a row? Could be fun.