In response to anti-choice harassment outside of many of the city’s clinics, the New York City Council passed a clinic safety ordinance in 2009. The ordinance prohibits people following and harassing others within 15 feet of a reproductive health clinic. This law was cited in McCullen v. Coakley as an example of a less burdensome, and more narrowly tailored, clinic protection measure. In 2014, after McCullen, New York Attorney General Schneiderman issued a statement that the city’s ordinance would still be enforced.

Read the Attorney General’s statement here and the National Partnership for Women and Families’ coverage of the statement here.

Read NARAL Pro-Choice New York’s press release praising the Attorney General’s statement.

The New York Times wrote about the Supreme Court’s praise of the law, as well as its downsides.