Bubble Zone Talking Points
-Federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act (1994) makes illegal thefollowing elements:
Use or threat of force or physical obstruction;
To willfully injure, intimidate, or interfere
With any person seeking or providing reproductive health care services.-Put up fence surrounding our facility but according to some old laws (concerning tyingup horses), possibly considered public property (even though Planned Parenthood legallyowns the property) soprotestors can walk all the up to door.
* Note: this is for personal knowledge and probably should not be discussedwhen petitioning
-This petition is for a DC resolution, not a law-You can use various phrases to refer to the zone (bubble, buffer, etc). However, theofficially term that we are using in the petition is
safety and access zone
-The buffer zone enables women to exercise their right to personal liberty, privacy andaccess to medical services while simultaneously balancing the First Amendment rights of individuals to express their views near reproductive health care facilities.-This is not an abortion issue; this is about law, order, public health and safety,individual liberties and civil behavior.-The bill prohibits allforms of “oral counseling, education and protest” within thebubble zone. This includes virtually all forms of verbal harassment-Applies to reproductive health care facilities except hospitals
Why do we need Buffer Zones?
-Current law does not adequately protect safety around reproductive health care facilities-Issue protection in single cases but a buffer zone is long term and all encompassing-Current injunctions carried out only after well-documented problem and is time-consuming, expensiveand tedious-Threatening atmosphere around entrances continues to this day to prevent opportunitiesto offer vital reproductive healthinformation to women who are responsiblyseeking toavoid pregnancy
What are penalties?
-Up to the discretion of the DC council, most likely a fine for first offense, maybe jailtime for multiple repeat offenders
Who is allowed in buffer zone?
-Persons entering or leaving reproductive health care facilities