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Anti-abortion vigils will continue despite buffer zone, activists say

by Marla Friedman
Nov 03, 2009

Anti-abortion and abortion rights activists held vigils at the Albany Surgical Medical Center on North Elston during the last weekend of a 40 Days for Life and 40 Days for Choice campaign.  Participants said similar vigils will continue even after a city-wide buffer zone ordinance takes effect Nov. 17.  The ordinance mandates that activists within a 50-foot zone around medical facilities must stay at least eight feet away from anyone trying to enter the facility.  Anti-abortion advocates said the ordinance will not deter them from handing out leaflets and trying to talk to women who plan to receive abortions.