Buffer zone challenged in Pittsburgh

A U.S. District Court heard arguments this week challenging a Pittsburgh, PA abortion clinic buffer zone ordinance containing two provisions: a 15-foot buffer zone around entrances to health care facilities, and an 8-foot personal bubble zone to prohibit protestors from approaching patients and health care workers.

Mary Kathryn Brown filed the lawsuit claiming that the requirements violate her rights of free speech and religious freedom.

NAF knows from the experience in Pittsburgh and other areas of the country that creating or expanding buffer zones around health care facilities can lead to a decrease in violence and harassment, thereby ensuring the safety of patients and staff.

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