Burlington Suspends Enforcement Of Buffer Zones

Jul 2, 2014

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In the wake of last week’s Supreme Court decision nullifying Massachusetts’ reproductive facilities buffer zone law, the city of Burlington Vermont is temporarily suspending its buffer zone.

The office of Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger issued a statement Wednesday noting that the city attorney has reviewed the Supreme Court opinion.  

The Burlington Police Department has subsequently suspended enforcement of the ordinance prohibiting congregating, picketing or demonstrating within 35 feet of a reproductive health care facility.  

City Attorney Eileen Blackwood will ask the City Council at it’s July 14th meeting to amend the city ordinance.  

The statement from the mayor’s office adds that no enforcement actions will be taken prior to that meeting as long as access to facilities are not hindered.