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SF supe seeks anti-abortion protester buffer zones

Posted: March 18, 2013 4:00 p.m.
Updated: March 18, 2013 4:00 p.m.
 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco supervisor wants to create a 25-foot buffer zone around Planned Parenthood and other clinics that are the target of anti-abortion protesters.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/11a4E1x ) that Supervisor David Campos is scheduled to introduce the legislation Tuesday.

The new zones would apply to the entrances, exits and driveways of the facilities. Hospitals would be excluded.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Adrienne Verrilli says abortions account for less than 2 percent of patient visits, but the group's only San Francisco location has seen activists taking video of patients and staff and yelling slogans.

Anti-abortion protester Ron Konopaski says neither he nor the other demonstrators harass anyone, and are there to distribute information to women.

Violating the new ordinance could result in three months in jail or a $500 fine.

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