Safe access for women

August 6, 2014| The Boston Globe

What a difference a month can make. The Supreme Court recently put women at risk by striking down our state’s law prohibiting protesters from coming within 35 feet of the entrances to Planned Parenthood health centers and other reproductive health providers in Massachusetts.

Women’s clinics regroup on safety after court ruling

June 26, 2014 | MSNBC

Marty Walz, president of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, talks with Rachel Maddow about how abortion clinics will ensure the safety of their patients from anti-choice protesters now that the Supreme Court struck down the state’s buffer zone law.

Court Rejects Zone to Buffer Abortion Clinic

June 26, 2014 | The New York Times

“By striking down the buffer zone today, the Supreme Court has taken away an essential measure to protect public safety and health care access in our state,” [Walz] said. “The opinion raises the question of whether the buffer zone at the Supreme Court is in fact constitutional.”

Supreme Court Considers Legality Of Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

January 14, 2014 | NPR Morning Edition

There’s even a buffer zone around the Supreme Court,” Walz points out. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court does ban all demonstrations, vigils, picketing and speech-making on its 252-by-98-foot plaza, allowing demonstrations only on the adjacent public sidewalk.

Too quiet on sex ed

October 9, 2013 | The Boston Globe

“When the city’s high-school dropout rate is more than double the statewide average and teen parenting is a leading reason for dropping out, it’s deeply concerning that no mayoral candidate has a platform that prioritizes comprehensive sexuality education,” says Walz.