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 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.