Group Eyes Lawsuit Over Pittsburgh 'Buffer Zone'

Matt Bowman, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, said that he is "looking very closely into the possibility" of filing suit against an ordinance in Pittsburgh that created a 15-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Meanwhile, Tim McNulty, a spokesperson for Mayor Bill Peduto, said city officials intend to keep enforcing the law. He said that the law is "a lot different from the Massachusetts zones" and "narrowly tailored enough to stand after the Supreme Court decision" that invalidated the Massachusetts law.

According to Planned Parenthood, harassment reports have declined substantially since the ordinance was enacted. Planned Parenthood spokesperson Aleigha Cavalier said, "It allows the protesters to say what they want to say, and allows our patients to get in the door without worrying about someone blocking it" (Smeltz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 7/15).