Los Angeles -- Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has joined an amicus brief filed this afternoon with the United States Supreme Court in the case of McCullen v. Coakley in support of safety zones around health clinics. “The people’s right to free speech must be balanced with an individual’s right to a safe passage to receive medical treatment,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. “We are proud to stand with cities across the nation in asking the Court to uphold a woman’s right to visit a medical facility without the threat and fear of intimidation and harassment.”
The City of Los Angeles has in place an ordinance that prohibits intentional interference with the normal operations of a medical facility and authorizes police to create a 50 foot buffer zone when such interference occurs. In the case in which Los Angeles has joined other cities in a “friend of the Court” brief, the Supreme Court has agreed to review a 2007 Massachusetts law which prohibits protests within 35 feet of a reproductive healthcare facility.