The ordinance, which took effect immediately, protects patients of the city’s only abortion clinic, who have said they faced a weekly “gauntlet” of harassment from protesters with the Pro-Life Missionaries of Maine.
In a setback for Florida anti-choice protesters, a federal judge on Tuesday denied a request for a preliminary injunction against the noise ordinance.
One former attorney general loses his law license for ethics violations when he was in office, while the former mayor of San Diego pleads guilty to charges of sexual harassment.
The Portland City Council’s Public Safety, Health and Human Services Committee unanimously passed an ordinance establishing a 39-foot “patient safety zone” outside the women’s health clinic.
The Portland city council has agreed to proceed with public comment regarding a potential buffer zone to protect patients of the city’s abortion clinic from being harassed and intimidated by anti-choice protesters.
Anti-choice activists say a buffer is unnecessary. What they don’t mention is that they were protesting the Planned Parenthood even before it offered abortions.
The First Circuit Court of Appeals has made it clear that women and clinic workers have a right to safely access abortion clinics.
As two sides begin to draw more massive crowds, one city council considers passing a buffer zone to protect women.