Politics

November 15, 2013

Portland council to vote Monday on abortion clinic buffer zone

If adopted, a 39-foot buffer would take effect Dec. 18.

Staff Report

The Portland City Council is scheduled to take a final vote Monday on whether to enact a 39-foot buffer zone around reproductive health facilities.

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In this October 2012 file photo, anti-abortion demonstrators protest with graphic signs outside the Planned Parenthood of New England agency on Congress Street.

Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

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The proposal was triggered by regular anti-abortion protests outside Planned Parenthood’s clinic on Congress Street.

The buffer zone was recommended for council approval by the city’s Public Safety, Health and Human Services Committee.

If approved, the ordinance would take effect on Dec. 18.

The council meeting Monday starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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