Burlington Looks to Change Buffer Zone

Published 07/14 2014 10:34PM

Updated 07/14 2014 11:21PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The City of Burlington is looking to change its buffer zone law.

This comes after the city attorney said part of it can't be enforced in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

There are now protestors right outside Planned Parenthood again. That's after the Burlington city attorney told police to stop enforcing part of a 35-foot buffer zone.

The high court ruled a similar zone in Massachusetts was illegal.

The city and Planned Parenthood want new rules which they say will protect patients from protestors.

"We absolutely want to do a thorough but quick job to get some stronger language on the books to make sure our patients and staff have the privacy and safety they need to get into our health center," says Jill Krowinski, Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

"We will continue to be there praying and offering support and literature to people who will accept it. We will continue to not harass women. We never have," says Agnes Clift, protestor.

On Monday, the Burlington City Council asked the ordinance committee to take a look at the buffer zone and make new recommendations.

The mayor has asked the work be completed as quickly as possible.

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