Mar 31, 2015 5:09 PM

Landrigan: Sharp debate over whether to repeal NH abortion buffer zone law

CONCORD - When it comes to buffer zone around abortion clinics, protestors and Planned Parenthood sharply disagree over whether the vigils are always peaceful.

"I am friendly, I am courteous. I wave to people; I smile at people. If people don't want to talk to me, I pray and move on," said Jen Robideaux, a volunteer describing her activism outside Planned Parenthood's Manchester clinic.

But Planned Parenthood helper Lori Kyer says she's experienced interference firsthand. "I've personally been blocked from the entrance to the health care facility,'' she said.

A 25-foot buffer zone law is on hold as a federal court decides whether it violates First Amendment rights.

Pro-life legislators were very upset that Governor Maggie Hassan quickly got this law and signed it two weeks before the Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts law.

Critics of the law pursue a bill to repeal the buffer zone.

"This bill is sure to cost the taxpayers some real money and it's something that we should repeal,'' said Jane Cormier, a former House member and state chairman of New Hampshire Citizens for Life. But buffer zone supporters said the law should be given a chance to work.

This repeal effort is likely to fail. It looks as if there are 12 solid votes in the State Senate to keep the buffer zone in place.


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