The US Senate campaigns of Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown continue to battle over Brown’s record on abortion.
A day after Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign aired an ad highlighting a Scott Brown’s sponsorship of 2005 bill in the Massachusetts legislature that sought to imposed a 24-waiting period for abortion and require women to be provided with images of fetus, the Brown campaign was up with an ad of his own.
Police in Massachusetts will have new powers to disperse crowds around abortion clinics under a new law signed by Governor Deval Patrick Wednesday.
The governor signed the bill flanked by the Attorney General and the Senate President, the two most powerful women on Beacon Hill. He praised the lawmakers' speedy response to the recent supreme court decision which struck down Massachusetts' 35-foot buffer zone law around abortion clinics.
A Christian legal group has asked a federal judge to block a New Hampshire law that bars demonstrators from coming within 25 feet of facilities that offer or perform abortions.
New Hampshire’s so-called buffer zone rule is set to take effect Thursday. But in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a similar law in Massachusetts, Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to delay implementation of the new restrictions.
Gov. Maggie Hassan said her administration will “closely review” how Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Massachusetts’ law that restricts protests outside abortion clinics will affect a similar law that will take effect in New Hampshire next month.
Hassan, who is in Turkey on a trade mission, signed a bill June 10 that authorizes reproductive health facilities that perform abortions to establish 25-foot buffer zones around the entrance. The law is set to take effect July 10.
A spokesman for Gov. Maggie Hassan says she will sign a bill that would allow New Hampshire's reproductive health facilities where abortions are offered to set buffer zones up to 25 feet around their entrances.
The House Judiciary committee considered a bill Tuesday that would create a 25 foot buffer zone to keep anti-abortion activists clear of abortion clinic entrances. While it’s expected to become law, it may face legal challenges when the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a similar law in Massachusetts.
With two stubborn, diametrically opposed sides, the country’s abortion debate has moved very little in either direction since Roe v. Wade 40 years ago. While polls indicate most Americans do not support overturning the landmark supreme court decision to allow abortions, many do support some limitations on the procedure. And it’s in this direction that many state legislatures have swung recently, with a record number of restrictions passed since 2010. While this trend is changing the landscape for abortion access in some parts of the country, New England continues to be an exception.
This year, several states have passed or are debating to pass more restrictions on abortion, The toughest being in North Dakota’s which has banned the procedure after six weeks. But in New Hampshire some predict the long time abortion-rights stance of Governor Maggie Hassan should mean a status quo here.. We’ll examine what’s behind these trends, statewide and nationwide and what it could mean for the future of laws in the Granite State.
Jennifer Frizzell – Senior policy advisor for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
It’s been forty years since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. Over the decades, abortion policy in the Granite State has fluctuated between lighter and tighter restrictions on abortion. Thursday on the Exchange, we’ll look at where this issue stands in our state today…and where it may go.
Susan Arnold - Chair of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire
Fran Wendleboe - Assistant Secretary of the NH Republican State Committee, Former Republican Representative from New Hampton
While voters say economic issues are their top concern, abortion is also a high priority this year. In a recent Gallup Poll, nearly two-thirds of voters said it’s an important factor in their decision.
But when you have a pro-choice Republican running against a pro-choice Democrat, abortion doesn’t seem like an obvious lightning-rod issue.