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