- Preservation of public safety is a fundamental obligation of state government.
- Pedestrians have a right to travel peacefully on Rhode Island streets and sidewalks.
- Clearly defined boundaries around reproductive health care facilities will improve the ability of safety officials to protect the public
One suspects that the unwritten finding is that “regular protests are effective at persuading women not to abort their unborn children, and Planned Parenthood is losing business.” Otherwise, the law (if necessary) could simply require all sidewalks (everywhere) to be passable and all businesses accessible. Instead, it declares that “no person shall knowingly enter or remain on a public way or sidewalk adjacent to a reproductive health care facility within a radius of one hundred feet (100′) of any portion of an entrance to, exit from, or driveway of a reproductive health care facility.”
It seems to me, by the by, that the exception for “persons using the public sidewalk or street right-of-way adjacent to such a facility solely for the purpose of reaching a destination other than such facility” provides a bit of a loophole. Even if a destination of Heaven wouldn’t suffice in court, one could contrive destinations (e.g., cars or posters) on either side of the fatality facility.