Senate To Take Up Repeal Of Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Law

May 7, 2015


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New Hampshire lawmakers are preparing to get rid of a law put on the books last year allowing facilities that provide abortions to create 25-foot protest buffer zones.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar buffer zone law in Massachusetts last year, shortly after New Hampshire's law was passed. Since the decision, no New Hampshire facilities have put up the buffer zones. The House has already voted in support of a full repeal, and senators are taking up the repeal bill Thursday.

Advocates from Planned Parenthood say even if lawmakers repeal the law, they should take other steps to protect the privacy of women entering the facilities. Supporters of the law also point to its differences from the Massachusetts' law, which set the buffer zone at 35 feet.