Pennsylvania

The Women's Law Project is working as part of a cohort of organizations in Pennsylvania on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion in women's lives. In 2015, the Women's Law Project, responding to abortion provider harassment in their home state of Pennsylvania and the city of Pittsburgh, developed guidelines for state and local police departments to assist them in addressing and averting the persistent, targeted harassment of abortion providers, with support from the National Institute. Sue Frietsche, Senior Staff Attorney at WLP, presented with National Institute staff and former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on a webinar discussing clinic safety following McCullen v. Coakley. In 2013, the Women's Law Project campaigned against a bill to ban abortion coverage on the state health exchange and worked to advance a proactive Pennsylvania Women's Equality Agenda. In 2010, the Women's Law Project assisted the city of Pittsburgh with implementation and enforcement of their new clinic safety ordinance and built support in Philadelphia for implementation of a similar ordinance. In 2009, they created a guide to passing successful clinic safety zone legislation for local advocates based on successes in Pittsburgh and hosted a conference for clinic escorts in Pennsylvania to discuss their work and share best practices..