Buffer zones for health care facilities approved

October 7, 2009 3:48:03 PM PDT
The Chicago City Council approved special buffer zones around health care facilities. It's aimed at anti-abortion protestors.The ordinance establishes a 50 foot bubble around a health care facility. Protesters are prohibited from coming within eight feet of a patient who is within that 50 foot bubble.

Forty-third Ward Alderwoman Vi Daley sponsored the ordinance. She says woman seeking any kind of service at a clinic in her ward are being harassed.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois praised the vote.

Abortion foes are protesting. They say the law is a violation of their right of free speech.


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