The National Institute has partnered for many years with the Women’s Law Project
, including by supporting their efforts to pass, implement, and defend Pittsburgh’s buffer zone law. Based on this experience, and with the National Institute’s support, the Women’s Law Project developed a 2010 guide, Safe Space: Activist’s Guide to Clinic Buffer Zones
, that provides insight into the Pittsburgh experience for other local-level advocates seeking to pursue this strategy. In 2015, the Women’s Law Project successfully defended Pittsburgh’s buffer zone law after it was again challenged following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCullen v. Coakley
. They shared their experience with implementing and defending this law in the National Institute’s webinar A Year After McCullen: Strategies for Protecting Clinic Access in Three Communities [Email [email protected] for the password]
. With the National Institute’s continued support, the Women’s Law Project is currently developing guidelines for state and local police departments in Pennsylvania to assist them in addressing and averting the persistent, targeted harassment of abortion providers.