When: 10AM – 10:30AM on Wednesday, January 20
What: Twitter Town Hall at #ProtectTheZonePA
Featured participants include:
@LarryFarnese, Pennsylvania Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) is a former clinic escort and the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 1105, a bill that would provide freedom of access to reproductive health care facilities
@WomensLawPGH, Legal expert Sue Frietsche is Senior Staff Attorney at the Women’s Law Project, and is based in Pittsburgh
@PPadvocatesPA, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Pennsylvania
@WomensCenters, The Philadelphia Women’s Centers
@PPSPtweets, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania
@ACLUPA, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
@AccessMatters4U Access Matters, Transforming Access to Sexual & Reproductive Health (formerly Family Planning Council)
@KeystoneProgres Keystone Progress is Pennsylvania’s largest online progressive network
@MajoritySpeaks Feminist Majority Foundation, national advocates for women’s social, political, economic equality
@WomensLawProj will be moderating
Please join us Wednesday morning as Senator Larry Farnese and advocates for women’s health discuss the rise of abortion clinic violence and physician harassment across the country and Pennsylvania’s effort to address the problem.
Pennsylvania Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) recently introduced Senate Bill 1105, which would provide freedom of access to reproductive health care facilities.
“My new proposal makes it clear that people who try to intimidate or hurt women entering a reproductive health care clinic will be punished, ordered to pay a hefty fine, and spend a lot of time in jail,” said Sen. Farnese, who has worked as a volunteer clinic escort.
Modeled on federal legislation, SB 1105 provides for safe access to reproductive health care facilities, prohibits harassment and intimidation of patients and clinic staff, and combats vandalism and deliberate obstruction of clinic entrances.
“The burden of public safety should not be carried by reproductive healthcare workers alone,” said Amanda Kifferly, Director of Patient Advocacy for The Women’s Centers. “We support legislation that unites the healthcare community with lawmakers and safety officials to criminalize violent acts against doctors, healthcare staff, and patients seeking care at our Centers.”
Pennsylvania abortion providers have been subjected to death threats, obstructive clinic protests, fake anthrax attacks, bomb threats, arson, vandalism, targeted harassment at home and at church, internet stalking, and assault. Counting the recent tragedy in Colorado Springs, there have been 11 murders and 28 attempted murders in attacks targeting reproductive health care providers in the US and Canada.
Senate Bill 1105 is part of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health, a package of bills supported by members of the Women’s Health Caucus of the Pennsylvania Legislature, a bipartisan group of lawmakers focused on addressing the state’s appalling record on women’s health by promoting evidence-based health policy, eliminating workplace discrimination, and other initiatives aimed at advancing women’s health and well-being.
Please join us at 10AM on 1/20 at the hashtag #ProtectTheZonePA to learn more about this problem and the effort to address it. Feel free to ask general questions at the hashtag, tweet specific participants, share your story, voice solidarity with patients, clinic escorts and providers, or simply call for protecting the zone in Pennsylvania.
To request more information or to request an interview, contact Tara Murtha at tmurtha@womenslawproject. To learn more about the PA Campaign for Women’s Health, visit http://www.pa4womenshealth.org.