March 20, 2013 — In response to protesters who harass women trying to enter reproductive health clinics, San Francisco Supervisor David Campos is proposing a ban on protests within 25 feet of the facilities' entrances, exits and driveways, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Protesters who violate the proposed city ordinance would be subject to penalties of up to three months in jail or a $500 fine, which would double on a second offense. The ordinance would not apply to hospitals.
Campos' bill is intended to better protect patients and staff members at San Francisco's only Planned Parenthood location, according to the Chronicle. Although the city in 1993 approved an eight-foot "bubble zone" around individuals within 100 feet of abortion clinics, demonstrators have been able to skirt the law's requirements, Campos said (Riley, San Francisco Chronicle, 3/17).
Planned Parenthood spokesperson Adrienne Verrilli said the clinic is "coming up empty in how to enforce" the current ordinance, adding, "Our clients are coming through the door in tears" (Sankin, Huffington Post, 3/18).
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