In 2005, the city of Pittsburgh passed an ordinance that created a 15-foot fixed buffer zone and an 8-foot floating zone around abortion clinics. However, a court ruled in 2009 while either option would be constitutional on its own, the city could not enforce both zones simultaneously. After discussion with
key stakeholders, Pittsburgh elected to keep the fixed zone in place. After the McCullen v. Coakley decision, protestors in Pittsburgh filed a new challenge against the buffer zone ordinance, but in March 2015, a federal judge upheld the zone, holding that the ruling in McCullen did not impact the
constitutionality of Pittsburgh’s law.
Read about the anti-choice challenge to the buffer zone, post-McCullen, here.
Women’s Law Project, a pro-choice champion of the buffer zone, circulated a press release after the 2015 federal court decision.
RH Reality Check also covered the decision here.