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§ 10-1501. Legislative Findings.

The Council finds that:

(a) Seeking or obtaining reproductive health care is a fundamental matter of individual privacy that deserves protection.

(b) Reproductive health care providers cannot reasonably be expected to render quality services nor can patients reasonably be expected to give informed consent when third parties create an environment of disruption, coercion and disturbance at Reproductive Health Care Facilities, or when third parties interfere with access to such services.

(c) The City of Philadelphia has become a focal point of many blockades of Reproductive Health Care Facilities. From 1990 to 1991 the percentage of blockades increased by forty percent (40%).

(d) These actions have required, inter alia, massive deployment of civil and uniformed police and sheriff's buses at an incalculable cost to the City.

(e) The intentional obstruction of access into and out of Reproductive Health Care Facilities threatens the health and safety of staff and patients seeking reproductive health care counseling and treatment.

(f) Pursuant to § 906(1)(2) of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (42 U.S.C. § 5304(1)), continued blockades with limited or ineffective police intervention jeopardize Philadelphia's receipt of Community Development Block Grants which in 1992 amounted to fifty-four million ($54,000,000) dollars.

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