BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – State lawmakers filed legislation on Monday afternoon to make sure women have safer access to reproductive health services in Massachusetts.
More than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, top state leaders filed legislation aimed at improving public safety around clinics. The Safe Access bill would update the state’s dispersal law which allows a police officer to order two or more protesters to disperse if they are restricting access to a building.
The bill prohibits the attempt to injure or intimidate people coming in and out of abortion clinics. It also improves the safety of the staff and patients near a building’s entrance.
Lawmakers are rushing to get the Safe Access Bill to the Governor’s desk by July 31st. The U.S. Supreme Court is protected by its own buffer zone that is still in place.