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
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.