|Posted:||May 8, 2015 03:47 PM|
|From:||Representative Matthew D. Bradford|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Ensuring Safe Access to Health Care Facilities|
|In the near future, I will introduce legislation to empower local and state law enforcement authorities to recognize and respond to threats to the safety of abortion care providers and patients, and protect safe access to reproductive health care facilities. This important legislative proposal is part of the overall Agenda for Women’s Health and I hope you will consider signing on as a cosponsor.
My legislation would prohibit (1) the use of physical force, threat of physical force, or physical obstruction to intentionally injure, intimidate, interfere with or attempt to injure, intimidate or interfere with any person who is obtaining reproductive health services or providing reproductive health services; and (2) the intentional damage or destruction of a reproductive health care facility.
Specifically, the type of behaviors the law would prohibit could include:
This legislation would not prohibit peaceful protests, nor would it prohibit hate speech, as long as the speech is not an incitement to violence or a true threat.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, 13 states and the District of Columbia prohibit blockading, stalking, vandalism, or other obstructive or assaultive behavior aimed at abortion care providers and abortion care facilities. This legislation will bring Pennsylvania in line with those other states that strive to provide reasonable safety and security measures for all health care providers and patients.