Women in Washington, DC who are seeking reproductive health care services are being aggressively targeted by protestors. This creates a hostile environment for patients seeking these services. Many of these protestors aggressively pursue them all the way to the door of the facility. Other cities and states have addressed this issue by creating a safety and access zone of a certain radius (e.g. 50 feet) surrounding reproductive health care facilities. The zone allows people to enter and leave reproductive health care centers free of harassment, intimidation, and harm. The DC Council should create a similar safety and access zone, a safe space for patients where they are able to exercise their right to personal liberty, privacy and access to medical services. Protestors will remain free to express their views and offer information outside the safety and access zone.
We call on the DC council to pass a DC resolution creating a safety and access zone of a certain radius surrounding DC reproductive health care facilities so that patients seeking healthcare are free from aggressive persuasion tactics, harassment, intimidation, and harm.