On March 14 at approximately 10:47 a.m., sheriff’s deputies were called to respond to an illegal breach of a secure area run by a private security team within Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital by anti-abortion protesters. Deputies responded within two minutes of receiving the emergency call. They took immediate action using minimal force to protect the safety and privacy of patients. One protester followed instructions and left, while three other protesters, who refused to leave, were escorted off the premises within seven minutes. All were cited for trespassing and later released. One protester was charged with resisting arrest.
A criminal investigation is ongoing into this matter. The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office is working with the Department of Public Health to review the incident. People have the right to express their First Amendment rights, but in an acceptable way that respects other individuals and their privacy. We stand by women’s rights and will continue to provide medical services to women and support their safety and privacy.