Neighborhood Protesters Could Face Sign Limits, Have to Keep Moving

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Denver (AP) State lawmakers are considering putting some restrictions on protests in residential neighborhoods.

Lately abortion opponents have been protesting outside the homes of contractors building a new planned parenthood clinic in Denver.

Senator Steve Ward said the bill doesn't take a position on the issues being protested and is just aimed at keeping the peace in neighborhoods. It would require protesters to only carry one sign each that can't be any larger than 2 feet by 3 feet. Protesters wouldn't be able to camp outside just one house and would have to keep walking on a route the length of a block, which is defined as 600 feet.

Protesters who don't follow the guidelines would first be warned that they are violating the law. If they continue to violate it, they could be cited with a misdemeanor and fined up to $5,000.

Will Duffy is a member of the collaborators project, which has been protesting outside the homes of the builders of the Planned Parenthood clinic. He says he'll support the bill but warned it could be worse for neighbors since it would require protests to be spread out.


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