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ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen February 23 passed Board Bill 34, which would increase safety around health facilities by creating an eight-foot buffer zone around health care facility driveways.

In response to the passage, Jesse Lawder, vice president of marketing and communications at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, issued the following statement:

“Planned Parenthood is encouraged by the Board of Aldermen passing Board Bill 34, which will improve safety of patients, staff, volunteers and protestors at St. Louis health care facilities, including ours. We are supportive of first amendment rights, and we believe this bill protects those rights, while also allowing those entering and exiting our center a safe path to do so.”

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri has provided high-quality, supportive health care in the region since 1932. They are the area leaders in sexual and reproductive health care, providing contraception, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, education and more to tens of thousands of women and men each year. Patients can make appointments online or by phone at 1-800-230-PLAN(7526).