In a ruling issued Friday, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the 2005 Pittsburgh ordinance unduly restricted leafletting and other free speech by abortion protesters. The Pittsburgh ordinance bans protesters from within 15 feet of entrances, but also makes them stay eight feet away from clients in a 100-foot zone around entrances.
The court says either zone, by itself, could be legal. But, combined, the court found the zones violate the free speech rights of the protesters who find it difficult to hand leaflets to clinic clients.