BURLINGTON (AP) -- Six anti-abortion protesters want Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to provide information about people working at a Burlington clinic as well as the number of abortions performed there as part of a lawsuit filed against the city over whether protests can take place less than 35 feet from the facility.
The lawyer for the women says he needs the information to establish that Planned Parenthood is indeed a reproductive health care facility, even though no one is disputing that claim.
The women claim the ordinance is being enforced more at Planned Parenthood than other facilities.
U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions III upheld the constitutionality of the ordinance in February, but he allowed the lawsuit to go forward on the question of whether Burlington was applying the measure evenly.
The attorney for the women, Michael DePrimo, said he needed the information about what goes on at the facility.
"I don’t have any doubt that it’s a reproductive health care facility. But the question is whether you can prove it in court. You need evidence. It’s not enough to say everybody knows," DePrimo told the Burlington Free Press.
Planned Parenthood attorney Claudine Safar tells the Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/14oJBsg ) the information being sought "is not relevant to the issue of whether the ordinance is constitutional as applied."