Planned Parenthood protestors must abide by 'buffer zone'

September 21, 2018 11:23 PM

Anti-abortion protestors in Rochester will have to abide by the rules.

In this case, it's a 2005 injunction that allows protestors at Planned Parenthood, as long as they're in a specific zone. 

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That decision was made Friday by the City of Rochester and the state Attorney General's Office.

The injunction created a 15-foot buffer zone outside the Planned Parenthood on University Avenue specifically for protestors. 

Earlier this month, though, the city agreed it needed to review the injunction after a new group of protestors claimed the buffer shouldn't apply to them.

"In this court case, there were named people and any affiliates with that group," Mayor Warren said. "This particular group claimed they weren't affiliated with anyone in that court case."

On Friday, the City of Rochester and the state Attorney General's Office told a local man, Jim Havens and ROC Sidewalk Advocates, that the buffer zone does apply to them. 

They based the decision on evidence that Havens and ROC Sidewalk Advocates work alongside the original groups named in the injunction. 


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