Abortion clinic buffer zone proposed in Toledo
Posted September 1
TOLEDO, OH — A new proposal aims to create a buffer zone outside abortion clinics in the city of Toledo.
The zone would make it illegal for protestors or demonstrators to be within 20 feet of a building where abortions are performed.
If the ordinance passes, anyone who violates it would be committing a misdemeanor crime.
Those in favor of the proposal say it would help protect patients.
Those against call it an infringement upon free speech and the right to assemble.
In response, the Catholic Diocese of Toledo released a statement from Bishop Daniel Thomas, saying, in part, "The ordinance is unnecessary and can only serve to have what the ACLU calls a 'chilling effect' on free speech, particularly the speech of my fellow Catholics and all other people who are pro-life who pray and offer side walk counsel at the local abortion facility."
The Bishop goes on to say volunteers "have encouraged 18 mothers to choose life for their unborn children over the past 3 years."
Toledo City Council will hear arguments for and against the proposed buffer zone Wednesday at 3:00PM inside One Government Center.