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Abortion clinic buffer zone signed into law
At a bill signing ceremony at the State House, supporters of the new law said it balances the rights of free speech with a patient’s right to privacy and dignity, while allowing an up to 25-foot buffer zone tailored to each facility’s site.
Jennifer Frizzell, vice president for public policy with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, said the bill was crafted to allow law enforcement and other local officials to work with clinics to craft appropriate buffer zones that fit the neighborhood, and she noted the zones restrict all protests and picketing, not just those opposed to abortion.
Senate Bill 319 was sponsored by Sen. Donna Soucy, D-Manchester, because of the activities and protests at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s center on Pennacook Street in Manchester, but applies to all five abortion clinics in the state.
“Those who stand in silent prayer outside abortion facilities are citizens of New Hampshire,” McCormack said. “By signing SB 319 into law the governor has shown that she does not take into consideration all of her constituents and is willing to take rights from those who oppose her on an issue.”
“This bill truly does provide safe access to health care,” Soucy said.
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