Thursday, June 26, 2014

Keystone Progress Response to McCullen v. Coakley Supreme Court Case Regarding Buffer Zones

HARRISBURG, PA – Keystone Progress Executive Director Michael Morrill made the following statement in response to today's McCullen v. Coakley decision:

"Clinic violence is real. Abortion providers and their patients regularly experience threats, intimidation and violence.  Since 1977, the National Abortion Federation has documented 8 murders, 17 attempted murders, 42 bombings, 181 arsons, 399 invasions, 100 acid attacks, and 663 bioterrorism threats targeting abortion providers and their facilities.

"The unfortunate decision today by the Supreme Court in McCullen v. Coakley will put women, men and families in potentially dangerous situations all across the country.

"Abortion providers and their patients deserve access to reproductive health care facilities free from threats, intimidation, and violence. Buffer zones help ensure that women and their providers can enter reproductive health care facilities safely, without fear of threats, intimidation, or violence.

"Laws securing women’s safe entrance into reproductive health care facilities are part of a long tradition of government action aimed at safeguarding the exercise of fundamental rights – like voting, going to school, and attending religious services – from interference by third parties.  The Supreme Court decision today is an unfortunate politicization of what should be a no-brainer — a safety issue and nothing more." 

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