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The ordinance prohibits unwanted physical contact to someone entering or exiting a reproductive health clinic or following or harassing someone within 15 feet of the clinic. It prohibits obstructing or blocking the premises to impede access, physically damaging or attempting to damage a facility to interfere with its operation, and knowingly interfering with the operation of the facility, such as interfering with the delivery of goods. The ordinance defines the premises of a reproductive health care facility as the driveway, entryway, and parking lot associated with the facility. This ordinance does not require police to see intent to make an arrest, and proof of such intent is not required for any prosecution under the ordinance. Unlike the state law, this ordinance does not require a complainant to initiate a violator's arrest or prosecution.
This ordinance requires unlicensed pregnancy service centers or crisis pregnancy centers to prominently display a sign that states: if the center provides medical services; if the center provides medical services under the direction and supervision of a licensed health professional; and if the center is licensed by a state or federal regulatory body to provide medical services. The ordinance includes penalties including fines for violating the law. The ordinance was originally passed in 2010, but was amended in 2012 based on a lawsuit. The original ordinance required the centers to display a sign that stated whether or not they provide abortion and birth control services.
This ordinance states that every contract entered into by the County for the provision of reproductive health services shall require the provider to provide all County clients with comprehensive, non-directive reproductive health care information, including but not limited to family planning, birth control, pregnancy, and post-partum. In addition, any provider with a contract for services with the County shall only refer County clients seeking information regarding reproductive health services to a County provider that provides comprehensive, non-directive reproductive health care information.
This ordinance prohibits crisis pregnancy centers and other limited services pregnancy centers from creating or disseminating false or misleading information about the services they do or do not provide. This misleading information can come from both stated and omitted information. If a crisis pregnancy center violates this ordinance, the city attorney may use civil action against the center.
This ordinance restricts certain activities outside health care facilities to ensure patients have safe access to the entrance of facilities such as reproductive health clinics. The ordinance creates a fifteen-foot buffer zone around entrances to clinics in which individuals are prohibited from congregating, patrolling, picketing or demonstrating. The ordinance also prohibits, within 100 feet of the facility's entrance, an individual from barring another individual's access to a facility or from approaching within eight feet of that individual to leaflet, display a sign, or engage in oral protest, education or counseling unless that person consents.