BREAKING: Louisville Metro installs Safety Zone outside of Kentucky's only independent abortion clinic
On May 20, 2021 the Louisville Safety Zone coalition celebrated the passage of a buffer zone law after years of work. The 14-11 vote created a common sense and constitutional law which establishes a narrow path for people entering and exiting the healthcare facility while preserving protester's rights to free speech and assembly.
After a failed attempt to prevent the zone from going into effect by local sidewalk bullies, the lines were painted today, and public safety advocates are breathing a small sigh of relief while remembering that our work is not finished until abortions are accessible on demand regardless of anyone's zip code, or economic status.
Louisville Safety Zone Coalition members are: Kentucky Health Justice Network; EMW Women's Surgical Center; Louisville Clinic Escorts; Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates East; Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
Primary Sponsor, Councilwoman Cassie Chambers Armstrong (D8) said "These simple lines will make a big impact on people's ability to access healthcare safely. I am thankful to all of those that have helped advocate for a safety zone. It is an honor to stand with you in support of patient dignity and safety."
September 10, 2021
For immediate release -
On Sunday 9/12/21 at 4pm, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett will attend an event with Mitch McConnell in downtown Louisville.
Locals will meet at 3pm to march along Broadway & 4th street to deliver a clear message for the powerful pair:
All communities need safe, affordable, and accessible abortions. Denying individuals and families reproductive freedom is an assault on our communities and we refuse to give up this fight.
During a pandemic, we should be fighting to be healthy and safe - not against one another and definitely not against our reproductive choices.
It is a reproductive injustice to sideline housing support, food security and accessible medicines during this time to focus on abortion bans! Cancel Rent and provide safe housing to prove you're prolife! Support reproductive justice now!
Advocates for reproductive rights across the country are fiercely vigilant and skeptical, wondering whether Justice Barrett's judicial legacy will promote the rule of law or pay back political deals struck behind closed doors in a court that is also increasingly working in the shadows.
Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates is deeply concerned that similar legislation will be introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly. The lengths that the Texas legislature has gone is unprecedented, dangerous and overwhelmingly harms Black and Latinx people, people with low incomes, and people in rural areas, who already face immense barriers to health care access. This is not the future we want for Kentucky.
Justice Barrett needs to hear Kentuckians saying, loud and clear, that the new Texas law is WRONG -- wrong for Texans, wrong for Kentuckians and women around the country. The Supreme Court needs to pull their heads out of the sand and protect our right to control our own reproductive lives.
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