New Hampshire Republicans Support Commonsense Measure, SCOTUS to Decide on Similar Measure this MonthPosted: June 10, 2014
In 2000, the court upheld Colorado’s 8-foot floating buffer zone around individuals to protect clinic patients and staff. During oral arguments for McCullen v. Coakley, Justice Elena Kagan specifically questioned the size of Massachusetts’ larger buffer zone, which was increased to 35 feet after anti-choice protesters resorted to filming and touching patients as they entered clinics and blocking access to parking garages. The court may decide to reverse the Colorado decision entirely or rule specifically on the permissibility of the size of Massachusetts’ buffer zone.
Nevertheless, New Hampshire has chosen not to wait for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the subject. Mainstream Republicans in New Hampshire passed a pro-choice bill allowing reproductive health clinics to set buffer zones of up to 25 feet around their entrances to protect patients from anti-choice protesters. Gov. Mary Hassan will sign that bill into law Tuesday. Four Republican state Senators, including Republican Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, and 13 Republicans in the state House voted in favor of this commonsense measure that protects patients seeking legal medical services from harassment, intimidation, and possible escalation to violence. New Hampshire’s Real Republican lawmakers continue to show they support women and the Republican values of individual liberty and personal responsibility.