- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Three opponents of abortion are asking a federal judge to throw out a Harrisburg ordinance that keeps protesters at least 20 feet from any health care facility, including two clinics that perform abortions in the central Pennsylvania city.

PennLive.com (https://bit.ly/1WUJ3mp ) reports that the plaintiffs cite a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision in a Massachusetts case in arguing that such restrictions are unconstitutional. They say the ordinance violates their free speech rights and keeps them from what they call peaceful “sidewalk counseling” and distribution of literature.

Harrisburg council members unanimously adopted the “Interference With Access to Health Care Facilities” statute 3½ years ago. Planned Parenthood, which operates one of the city clinics, sought the ordinance, alleging that protesters had followed patients to their cars and harassed and threatened them.

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Information from: Pennlive.com, https://www.pennlive.com


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