PITTSBURGH (AP) – An abortion protester has agreed to stay 25 feet further away from the entrance to a Pittsburgh abortion clinic to settle a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit which claimed she pushed two volunteers who were escorting women into the downtown facility.
Lawrence Paladin Jr., the attorney for Meredith Parente, says the 56-year-old Penn Hills woman continues to deny pushing anybody. She settled the suit Thursday by agreeing to stay 40 feet away from clinic doors. A city ordinance already requires protesters to stay at least 15 feet away.
Federal attorneys sued Parente last year, seeking $5,000 in damages for the volunteers and a $15,000 fine.
Paladin says Parente settled the case — in which she doesn’t acknowledge wrongdoing — to avoid the risk of those penalties at a trial that was to begin next week.