Florida City Prepares To Outlaw First AmendmentSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 09/14/2012 - 17:19
Florida City Prepares To Outlaw First Amendment
By Isaac BabcockSeptember 11, 2012
Winter Park is one vote away from banning protests in neighborhoods forever, as the City Commission gave preliminary approval on Monday to make an “emergency public safety ordinance” permanent.
The ordinance, which would ban anyone from protesting within 50 feet of a residential home in the city, comes after anti-abortion protestors picketed the home of a notable resident on Aug. 18.
“I literally had to push through these folks who were carrying massive protest signs and signs that said, ‘Jenna Tosh kills babies and hurts women,’” Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando CEO Jenna Tosh said at the Aug. 27 Commission meeting. The head of the women’s health care provider is also the sister-in-law of “Tosh.0” show host and University of Central Florida alumnus Daniel Tosh.
That night the Commission passed an emergency 60-day ordinance banning protesting in residential areas. On Monday, Sept. 10, the Commission voted to make that ordinance permanent.