October 24, 2021

Walnut Creek considers ‘buffer zone’ outside Planned Parenthood as confrontations intensify

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) — The town of Walnut Creek says confrontations have just lately escalated outside a neighborhood Planned Parenthood clinic, prompting officers to speak about making a buffer zone to maintain protesters away from these searching for an abortion.

Most of the protesters packed up and scattered as soon as they noticed the information digicam educated on them.

Native officers say they have been getting suggestions that the sidewalk protests have been intensifying just lately with folks blocking the sidewalk or driveway. Volunteers who escort girls in for abortions say some protesters use bullhorns to name purchasers murderers.

“Texas has encouraged people who are anti-choice anti-Planned Parenthood and anti-healthcare and they come out and are more vocal and more animated and it’s just gotten more aggressive,” Volunteer Robin Poppino-Kuntz stated.

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Christian Aladdin, a neighbor strolling his canine stated, “I walk down here every day and I’ve gotten harassed myself. I’ve been asked what I think about it and I’ve said nothing and it turned into a big argument. “

“We don’t block anybody. We don’t stop anybody. We keep the sidewalk for people to have a free passageway,” protester Jim Crowley stated.

Crowley is with the group 40 Days for Life, a grass roots motion to finish abortion. They are saying they provide assist to girls by handing out brochures about different choices.

One other protester stated, “I can tell you we will never harass a woman. Sometimes there are two distinct groups that are out here.”

She blames the encounters on others who present up, including she is fearful to point out her face due to counter protesters.

The Metropolis of Walnut Creek is already drafting up new rules to manage entry to the Planned Parenthood clinic.

“We can see if we can have a buffer zone that can create a space between the protesters and patients, as well as protesters and counter protesters. Whether that space is 15 feet, 20 feet or 30 feet, we’ll see what that is and we’ll see what comes back to us at Council,” Walnut Creek Mayor Kevin Wilk stated.

Public dialogue ought to start subsequent month.