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A Buffer Zone Has Been Unanimously Approved in Portland

| November 19, 2013

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The creation of a buffer zone around a woman’s health clinic to separate patients from anti-abortion protesters has been unanimously approved in Portland. The measure, that passed 9-0 Monday night, creates a 39-foot zone around entrances to reproductive health care facilities. ¬†Anti-abortion protesters would be barred from inside the zone. Portland has one Planned Parenthood clinic. The ordinance takes effect immediately. Abortion rights supporters said at the meeting that protesters harass and threaten women going into the clinic, reducing some to tears. Protesters countered that their free speech rights were being infringed and have threatened legal action. The city’s police chief says although his department has received many complaints about protesters, there have been no arrests at the clinic.

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