May 7, 2015 12:31 PM

NH Senate delays vote on abortion clinic buffer zone repeal

The Associated Press

CONCORD — The N.H. Senate is delaying a vote on whether to repeal the state's law allowing for 25-foot protest "buffer zones" around facilities that provide abortions.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar law in Massachusetts shortly after New Hampshire's law took effect last year, and New Hampshire's law has never been enforced.

The state Senate was set to vote on the repeal bill Thursday but has moved the vote to next week. The House has already approved the repeal.

Advocates from Planned Parenthood say even if lawmakers repeal the law, they should take other steps to protect the privacy of women entering the facilities. Supporters of the law also point to its differences from the Massachusetts' law, which set the buffer zone at 35 feet.


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