Bill designed to strengthen abortion clinic safety
By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) — A bill designed to respond to the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down Massachusetts' abortion clinic buffer zone law has been filed at the Statehouse.
Supporters say the bill filled Monday wouldn't create a new buffer zone, but would strengthen existing laws and create new ones to enhance public safety at clinics.
The bill would let police immediately disperse groups of two or more who are substantially impeding access to a clinic.
It would also ban threats and prohibit protesters from impeding a patient or staff member's access to a facility.
The bill is a response to the high court's decision last month to toss out a state law that established 35-foot protest-free "buffer zones" around the entrances of abortion clinics.
Massachusetts Citizens for Life, which opposes abortion, said lawmakers should proceed cautiously on any new law.Associated Press