Buffer zones around comprehensive reproductive health clinics that offer abortion services are necessary to protect women seeking care.
I’ve seen firsthand how so-called anti-abortion “counselors” operating with our very small buffer zone in Pennsylvania can literally bring women to tears. Our protesters here in Pittsburgh publish a blog chronicling their interactions. Here’s a sample: “she had also been raped …..[I] then picked up one of the fetus in utero models to show her what her baby had looked like.”
Unfortunately, this is one of the least offensive interactions I’ve witnessed. As a physician, I trust a woman to know what is right for her and her family. I worry that if buffer zones are completely eliminated, my patients will be harmed. During a difficult time, my patients deserve compassion; this is not what anti-abortion protesters provide.
COLLEEN M. KRAJEWSKI, M.D.