Pro-lifers in Louisville, Kentucky are waiting to see how they will be impacted by the new buffer zone enjoyed by the city's lone abortion clinic.
The sidewalk counselors have been successful in convincing women to carry their children to term rather than go through with an abortion, and that costs the only remaining abortion clinic in the city money. The issue has been discussed, and several hearings were held before the Louisville City Council passed an ordinance barring pro-lifers from getting within 10 feet of the clinic.
"We have the First Amendment right and the right for people to voice their opinion on these issues and be known and … the opportunity for women at the clinic who are very vulnerable to have contact and to hear about another choice, maybe for the first time," argues Addia Wuchner of the Kentucky Right to Life Association.
She questions the legality of the buffer zone and says the ordinance is ripe for a legal challenge.
"We have had attorneys who have already come forward willing to take this case pro bono," Wuchner reports. "They are waiting now to know the process that will be applied, because we've had a [U.S.] Supreme Court ruling in favor of sidewalk counseling."
In 2014, the nation's high court unanimously voted against a Massachusetts law that made it a crime to enter a 35-foot buffer zone at abortion clinics there. The Louisville ordinance restricts it to 10 feet, so the future of the ordinance is in question.