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Colorado

Protection Against Clinic Violence

A person who knowingly approaches within eight feet of another person without his or her consent within 100 feet of a health-care-facility entrance for the purpose of passing a leaflet, displaying a sign, or engaging in oral protest, education, or counseling, or who knowingly impedes another person's entry to or exit from a health-care facility, commits a class 3 misdemeanor.  Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 18-9-122 (Enacted 1993).

The U.S. Supreme Court held that the challenged portion of this statute, the no-approach zone, is constitutional.  Hill v. Colorado, 530 U.S. 703 (2000).

A person may recover damages and obtain injunctive relief from any person who commits or incites others to commit the offense.  Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 13-21-106.7 (Enacted 1993).

 


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