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Why are specific laws needed to address violence directed at reproductive-health providers and their patients?

Women and abortion providers’ painful, real-world experiences have shown that general measures prohibiting violence and intimidation do not provide sufficient protection against the unlawful and often violent tactics used by some opponents of choice to harass the patients and staff at health centers. Measures protecting women and providers from violence and intimidation are critical to preserving the right to choose and ensuring that reproductive-health clinics remain operable.

Current State Measures

17 states and the District of Columbia have measures that protect health-care facilities, providers, and/or patients from blockades, harassment, and/or other violence: CA, CO, CT, DC, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NV, NH, NY, NC, OR, WA, WI.

  • 3 of these states have buffer zones that protect patients and clinic personnel from unwanted harassment within specified distances from clinics: CO, MT, NH.
  • 1 state buffer zone is not currently enforced: NH.

2014 Enacted State Legislation

2 states enacted 2 measures protecting health-care facilities, providers, and/or patients from blockades, harassment, and/or other violence: MA: NH.

View a map of all states with Protection Against Clinic Violence.

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