Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Suit Challenges Pennsylvania City's Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone
Last week, three women who regularly act as pro-life "sidewalk counselors" outside two abortion clinics filed suit in a Pennsylvania federal district court challenging the constitutionality of Harrisburg's "Interference With Access To Health Care Facilities" Ordinance. The ordinance bars congregating, patrolling, picketing or demonstrating within 20 feet of any health care facility entrance, exit or driveway. The complaint (full text) in Reilly v. City of Harrisburg, (MD PA, filed 3/24/2016) contends that the ordinance violates freedom of expression, free exercise of religion, freedom of assembly, equal protection and due process rights. Liberty Counsel announced the filing of the lawsuit.