Planned Parenthood of Illinois Statement of the Passage of the 8-Foot 'Bubble Zone' for Health Care Facilities by City Council Committee
Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) applauds the Human Relations Committee and lead sponsor of the Chicago City Council and lead sponsor Alderman Vi Daley (D-43) for passing an expansion of the Disorderly Conduct Ordinance to include an 8-foot no approach or 'bubble zone' within 50 feet of hospitals, medical clinics and health care facilities in Chicago.
In recent years, reproductive health care facilities have been the scene of mass demonstrations and disturbances that blocked patients and staff from entering clinics safely.
A bubble zone of eight feet will help ensure that those giving and seeking health care can safely enter and leave medical facilities, keep entrances open, maintain distance between individuals, minimize physical contact and reduce harassment and intimidation.
The bubble zone balances the need to protect patient and staff safety while preserving the freedom of speech.
Bubble zones are in place all over the country, and courts across the nation, from the Supreme Court down, have ruled that safety zones provide an important guarantee of public safety in a fair and constitutional manner that still preserves free speech rights.
Since Dr. George Tiller was assassinated in Wichita in May for providing abortions, PPIL has seen a significant surge in the size and aggressiveness of protestors in front of our health centers. Our clients deserve the right to receive the health care they need without putting their safety, and the safety of our staff and volunteers, in jeopardy.
President & CEO
Planned Parenthood of Illinois
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