Proposed Ordinance to Restrict Basic Rights
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 3, 2017 (Cincinnati, OH): Breaking alert from our friends at Greater Toledo Right to Life…
“Constitutional rights threatened in Toledo sets a precedent of threat for rest of us in Ohio,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “Sign the petition to send a message to Toledo City Council that their proposed restrictions are unacceptable statewide.”
Toledo City Council has proposed an ordinance that will restrict Constitutional rights to free speech, free expression and freedom of assembly on public sidewalks and in the right-of-way around any health care facility which includes any location at which medical care, treatment, or diagnosis is provided.
Sign this petition to ask Toledo City Council to vote NO on this proposed ordinance and help maintain constitutional rights in the City of Toledo.
Toledo City Council proposed Ordinance 271-17 TMC Sec 521.12 titled “impeding access to health care” puts the interests of two businesses above the constitutional rights of individuals.
Regardless of personal beliefs, this is an issue of free speech and assembly. Sharing one’s views in the public domain without physically threatening or harming anyone is a constitutional right. Everyone is allowed to assemble peaceably and express their personal views.
Since there are current laws safeguarding a women’s access to abortion (existing statute section 351.01 (24) and 509.03 of the Toledo Municipal Code) and there is no history of documented evidence of any individual having their access blocked, obstructed or prevented from entering the abortion facility on West Sylvania Avenue or the Planned Parenthood on Jefferson Avenue, this proposed ordinance is unwarranted and erodes personal freedoms.
Please add your voice to this objection and protect Constitutional freedoms in Toledo!
Read the full ordinance.