No one should be physically attacked or threatened for simply seeking out healthcare. Buffer zone laws…create a safe space…
Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas (executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health)
"…A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held that a Massachusetts law that provides for a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics is unconstitutional…According to the Court, the Massachusetts buffer zone law violates the First Amendment because it burdens more speech than necessary.”
— Jessica Mason Pieklo, Breaking: Unanimous Supreme Court Strikes Massachusetts Buffer Zone Law, RH Reality Check
The fact that we even have clinic escorts is a good signifier that we need things like buffer zones.
Ashley Hartman (clinic escort)
"The Supreme Court unanimously struck down Massachusetts’ abortion buffer zone law on Thursday, ruling in favor of anti-choice protesters who argued that being required to stay 35 feet away from clinic entrances is a violation of their freedom of speech. The decision rolls back a proactive policy intended to safeguard women’s access to reproductive health care in the face of persistent harassment and intimidation from abortion opponents.”
— Tara Culp-Ressler, The Supreme Court Just Made It Harder for Women to Exercise Their Right to Choose ThinkProgress
This is what happens when we share our abortion stories publicly. This harassment is now part of my abortion experience … No matter how anyone feels about abortion, no one deserves the abhorrent comments that are flung at us … Let’s start a new campaign to let those who are vulnerable, brave, and share their stories know they are loved…
It starts with shame. If we can talk about the shame and stigma, and call it what it is — forcing women to be quiet — if we can get women to tell their stories and start talking about it, maybe we create a culture where women who are sexually abused have the courage to come forward and say they need help. Maybe women who have an unintended pregnancy who don’t have the money for an abortion out of state can still ask for help. Maybe we create a country that actually serves women, which is what we all want to do, but we’re failing terribly at it.
Activists are determined to continue their citizen’s filibuster for a full three days to send their GOP lawmakers a message.
"Missouri activists are currently engaged in a 72-hour “women’s filibuster” to stand up against the dozens of proposed abortion restrictions that have been considered in the state legislature this session.” — Tara Culp-Ressler
Taking a cue from former Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D), hundreds of Missourians are in the midst of a 72-hour “women’s filibuster” of a state bill that would triple the mandatory waiting period before an abortion.
Written by Laura Bassett
Sen. Graham is expected to try to force a vote Tuesday on legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks nationwide, but Senate Democrats are unlikely to let his attempt move forward.