Statement of Mayor Walsh on Supreme Court decision on Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones
June 26, 2014
"I am extremely disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling today to overturn the buffer zone around health care facilities that provide abortion care. This law was passed with the support of law enforcement who wanted a strong mechanism for ensuring public safety and protecting the safety of health center patients and staff. A woman seeking reproductive health care should not be harassed, judged or shamed. The buffer zone allows protection from this harassment while also still allowing protesters to exercise their first amendment rights. As Mayor, I will do everything in my power to ensure the safety of the women seeking care and the staff that work at these facilities. Planned Parenthood and every woman in this city has my support and I will work tirelessly to ensure their protection."