Abortion http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh's Buffer Zone Still Being Enforced; Abortion Opponents Expect a Court Challenge http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-buffer-zone-still-being-enforced-abortion-opponents-expect-court-challenge <p>“We’re hoping that it will also obliterate the yellow arch that’s out in front of the building that houses Planned Parenthood.”</p><p>Helen Cindrich, executive director of People Concerned for the Unborn Child, is referring to the US Supreme Court’s decision Thursday declaring a Massachusetts law that establishes a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics violates protesters’ free speech rights.</p><p>The yellow semicircle outside the Planned Parenthood facility in downtown Pittsburgh marks the 15-foot buffer zone established by a 2006 city ordinance.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 31697 at http://wesa.fm An Uncertain Future For Pittsburgh's Abortion Protest Buffer Zone http://wesa.fm/post/uncertain-future-pittsburghs-abortion-protest-buffer-zone <p>It’s uncertain what will happen to that the yellow semi-circle marking a 15-foot buffer zone outside Planned Parenthood’s downtown Pittsburgh location.</p><p>The <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/supreme-court-rules-obama-appointments-abortion-protests">U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling Thursday</a> striking down the 35-foot protest-free zones outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts, saying that law violates the First Amendment Rights of protesters.</p><p>But the question remains if the high court’s decision will have on Pittsburgh’s eight-year-old law.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:28:12 +0000 Kevin Gavin 31641 at http://wesa.fm Three Female Lawmakers Call for Political Change in Wake of Abortion Legislation http://wesa.fm/post/three-female-lawmakers-call-political-change-wake-abortion-legislation <p>Calling it an “overreach” of the state’s power and a “new frontier,” three female members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are blasting recently passed legislation that would prohibit insurance companies from offering policies that cover abortion services in the soon-to-be-launched Pennsylvania health exchange.&nbsp;</p><p>Reps. Erin Molchany (D-Allegheny), Madeline Dean (D-Montgomery) and Mary Jo Daley (D-Montgomery) said the solution might lie in the next election cycle.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:33:49 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 11671 at http://wesa.fm Bill Restricting Abortion Coverage No Long Shot, Says Senate GOP http://wesa.fm/post/bill-restricting-abortion-coverage-no-long-shot-says-senate-gop <p>A state Senate committee has passed a proposal to restrict abortion coverage in health insurance plans provided through Pennsylvania's federally mandated exchange.<br><br>Last session, similar measures passed the House and Senate independently, but neither one made it through the entire legislative gauntlet.<br><br>But with the 2014 operational date for health care exchanges right around the corner, Senate GOP spokesman Erik Arneson said this measure may go to the finish line.<br> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:43:25 +0000 Mary Wilson 7724 at http://wesa.fm