Maryland clinics still protected by law [Letter]

July 01, 2014

Marylanders seeking health care will still be protected from illegal conduct when they enter a health care facility even though the Massachusetts Reproductive Health Care Facilities Act was found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court last week.

Our law prohibits conduct with the intent to prevent an individual from entering or exiting a medical facility by physically "detaining the individual or obstructing, impeding, or hindering the individual's passage."

This legislation, enacted in 1989, is not limited to reproductive health care facilities as was the Massachusetts law, and it explicitly excludes speech from the actions that are illegal.

It is similar to the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which Chief Justice John Roberts favorably cited in his majority opinion.

Del. Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg, Baltimore

The writer, a Democrat, represents Baltimore District 41 in the Maryland House of Delegates.

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