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Abortion clinic 'buffer zones' considered in House
The so-called "buffer zone" legislation, now before the House, was drafted primarily in response to protests at the Planned Parenthood clinic on Penacook Street in Manchester, although it would apply to all clinics in the state. Manchester's two Democratic senators, Donna Soucy and Lou D'Allesandro, were among the co-sponsors of the bill.
Soucy told the House panel the bill was introduced at the request of constituents who told her they were challenged, frightened and threatened while trying to access reproductive services at the Manchester clinic.
According to Soucy, the bill addresses concerns raised in a Supreme Court challenge to a 35-foot buffer zone in Massachusetts, with a ruling expected before the end of the current term.
Many of those testifying against the buffer zone said they participated in protests but were never disruptive or disrespectful.
She said women attempting to access services at New Hampshire clinics have been victims of "verbal assault, physical obstruction, death threats, anthrax scares and arson."
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