Charlotte city code sets the legal limit of amplified sound at 70 decibels. Although clinic employees have measured the decibel level at well in excess of 80, protesters reduce the volume when the police are called and turn it back up as soon as the police leave. The noise is intrusive and makes the day-to-day business at the clinic much more stressful for providers and patients.
The city claims that the permitting system is operated on a first-come, first-serve basis, and only one sound permit will be granted for a particular area. However, pro-choice groups infrequently receive a permit:
“A member of Pro Choice Charlotte...has made thousands of attempts at obtaining a sound permit for the clinic on Saturday mornings ― the same sound permit that the anti-abortion protesters are granted for every single Saturday…[he] told HuffPost that for his thousands of sound permit requests over the last few months, he has been denied every single time.”