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Federal Court Upholds Massachusetts Buffer Zone Law

Statement by Dianne Luby, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

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Alicia Johnson
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Published: 02.22.12| Updated: 02.22.12

BOSTON – “The Buffer Zone Law is an important public safety measure that protects the privacy, dignity, and safety of patients and staff who come to work at reproductive health centers every day. Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) is committed to providing the highest quality of care and the privacy and safety of patients and staff are our top priority. PPLM celebrates today’s decision as a victory for public safety and we are grateful for the work of Attorney General Martha Coakley to successfully uphold this law.

“Now women, their families, and staff will continue to have the protection they need to have safe and harassment-free access into our health centers. The Buffer Zone Law creates a protected 35-foot, fixed zone around the entrances and driveways of reproductive health care facilities in the Commonwealth, including PPLM’s health centers in Worcester, Springfield, and Boston.

“The Buffer Zone Law protects the dignity and privacy of patients and staff, while also preserving the rights of individual freedom of speech. Today’s decision will ensure that this law will continue to make a difference for patient privacy and for public safety outside of our health centers.”

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Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts is the largest freestanding reproductive health care provider in the state. For over 80 years PPLM has protected and promoted sexual and reproductive health and freedom of choice through clinical services, education and advocacy.  For more information, visit www.pplm.org.

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