N.H. lawmakers to debate repeal of ‘buffer zone’ law

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N.H. lawmakers to debate repeal of ‘buffer zone’ law

New Hampshire lawmakers will debate repeal of the state’s controversial buffer zone law after a federal appeals court tossed out a pro-life challenge to it.

The bill in question is Senate Bill 319, which permits 25-foot censorship zones outside abortion clinics where no person can stand, speak or even enter on public paths and sidewalks.

The challenge against the buffer zone law was launched by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) around a couple of years ago. But, the court dismissed the challenge on Jan. 11.

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But, ADF is still optimistic as newly elected Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, made a written promise during his election campaign that he would sign a bill to repeal the buffer zone law. State lawmakers are expected to debate the bill later this month.

Michael Tierney, a lawyer for ADF, said, “A repeal bill will likely have a hearing before the House in January and before the Senate in February.”

Senate Bill 319 was signed into law in June 2014 by New Hampshire’s then-Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan. Opponents argue that it is an unconstitutional law, and thus should not be allowed to remain on the books.

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