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NY AG: Buffer Zones Protecting Reproductive Health Facilities Remain in Effect
By Joe Gullo
ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York Attorney General's Office is reminding New Yorkers that buffer zones protecting reproductive health facilities in the state remain in effect after the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts buffer zone law.
A press release says Attorney General issued an open letter to law enforcement agencies around the state clarifying New York's clinic protection laws and regulations on Tuesday.
“I am committed to protecting the right of every patient in New York to full and safe access to reproductive health care services,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “We will not allow activists to use a narrowly targeted Supreme Court decision as an opportunity to create confusion about the critical protections here in New York. Not only do New York State’s clinic protection laws remain completely in place, I am committed to working with our partners in law enforcement to ensure they are fully enforced.”
To report any violations of the state's clinic protection laws are encouraged to contact the Civil Rights Bureau in Attorney General Schneiderman’s Office by calling (212) 416-8250 or emailing email@example.com.
To: Law Enforcement Agencies in New York State
From: Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman
Date: July 10, 2014
Re: Protecting Access to Women’s Health Services.
Last month the Supreme Court issued a ruling in McCullen v. Coakley striking down a Massachusetts state law intended to protect access to women’s health services. In the wake of that decision, we have received reports of activist groups in parts of New York suggesting to service providers that the Supreme Court invalidated all buffer zones and other protections. That is not true.
I am committed to protecting the right of every patient in New York to full and safe access to reproductive health care services. Not only do New York State’s clinic protection laws remain intact, I am committed to working with your offices to ensure they are fully enforced.
Enclosed please find a pamphlet prepared by my office that details the protections afforded under State law. If you have any questions or would like assistance, please contact my Civil Rights Bureau by calling (212) 416-8250 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. (Read the pamphlet here.)