Abortion

Politics
4:25 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Brown Offers Rebuttal Ad On Abortion Bill

Screenshot of Scott Brown's ad rebutting one released by the Shaheen campaign
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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.

It features Brown speaking right into the camera.

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New England News
8:15 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Mass. Gets New Abortion Clinic Protection Law

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:38 pm

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.

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NH News
3:55 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Christian Legal Group Sues To Halt N.H.'s Buffer Zone Law

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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.

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NH News
5:33 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Hassan Promises Review of Buffer Zones After Supreme Court Strikes Down Mass. Law

Gov. Maggie Hassan
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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.

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News
11:03 am
Thu June 26, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court: Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones Are Unconstitutional

In a decision that could have implications in New Hampshire, the Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Massachusetts law that permits a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics.

The justices were unanimous in ruling that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters.

NH News
3:36 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

N.H. Buffer Zones Bill Signed Into Law

Governor Hassan signing SB 319 into law.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

Governor Maggie Hassan signed into law a bill enabling abortion clinics to create a buffer zone that would keep protesters clear of the entrance.

After a prolonged legislative debate in the house, the final language in the bill gives reproductive health clinics the flexibility to make clearly marked buffer zones “up to” 25 feet in radius.

Jennifer Frizzell with Planned Parenthood says the buffer zones will ensure the privacy, dignity and safety of patients while protecting first amendment rights.

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NH News
8:49 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Gov. Hassan Will Sign Abortion Buffer Zone Bill Into Law

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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.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Statehouse Updates: N.H. Death Penalty Repeal & Abortion Buffer Zone

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N.H.'s Death Penalty Faces a Last Repeal Attempt for the Year

Although the matter seemed settled for the year after the State Senate tabled a repeal bill, longtime opponents of capital punishment in the House are making one last attempt. 

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NH News
2:35 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Passes N.H. House

25 ft radius depicted around Manchester Planned Parenthood driveway.
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

  The New Hampshire House passed a bill (162, 100) to create a marked buffer zone around abortion clinic entrances to keep protesters 25 feet back.


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NH News
1:48 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Inside The Buffer Zone: A Look At The N.H. Bill To Keep Abortion Protesters Back

Proposed buffer zone where activists won't be able to assemble outside the Manchester Planned Parenthood if SB 319 becomes law.
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

  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.


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The Exchange
4:50 am
Mon March 3, 2014

An Update On The Abortion Debate

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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.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

The Shifting Landscape Of Abortion Law

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.

Guests:

Jennifer Frizzell – Senior policy advisor for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Roe V. Wade: 40 Years Later, A NH Take

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.

Guests:

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

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All Things Considered
5:43 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Parental Notification At One Year: What We Know, What We Don't

It’s been just about a year since New Hampshire’s parental notification law took effect – a good time to look at what supporters and opponents said might happen and what actually has happened.

Annmarie Timmins reports for the Concord Monitor. She looked at the law and its effects in a piece for this past Sunday’s paper, and she joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with more.

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Abortion Feature
7:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Two Pro-Choice Candidates Face-Off Over Women's Health In Congressional Race

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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. 

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