Democratic lawmakers seek buffer zone around abortion clinics

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Two democratic lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that could create buffer zones around abortion clinics.

The bill is expected to be officially announced during a 9:30 a.m. press conference at the statehouse.

“The horrific violence at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs show that this bill is needed now more than ever,” said Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown). “Patients and staff at women’s healthcare clinics have been harassed for decades, and enough is enough. We must put an end to this criminal activity and protect women seeking access to healthcare services from undue harassment.”

The sponsors say the bill is in response to years of harassment of clinic patients as they enter and exit clinics.

The bill also provides victims of non-physical harassment the ability to pursue legal action. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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