Passed by the city council Tuesday, the new ordinance will require a 160-foot buffer zone around any health-care clinic in the city, with a fine of up to $750 for violators.
The state senate rejected a committee recommendation that the bill be killed, and the measure to protect abortion patients now advances to the state house.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of an evangelical couple and their high school children argues the buffer zone unconstitutionally blocks their ability to “counsel” patients entering reproductive health-care clinics.
What relatively peaceful anti-choice protesters may not understand is that their behavior is relative: They’re a physical representation of threats that have already been made, and in some cases executed, in the past and online.
Ald. Lisa Subeck plans to introduce an ordinance that would create a buffer zone of 160 feet around health-care facilities in the city while banning protesters from being within eight feet of a person entering a clinic, punishable by a fine of up to $750.
In Supreme Court arguments over buffer zones and gun restrictions, the Roberts Court cut women victims out of the equation.
Though the fate of buffer zone laws now rests with the Supreme Court, New Hampshire legislators decided not to wait to try to protect patients.
Anti-choicers are exploiting Christmas and making nonsensical attacks on women getting abortions with “empty manger” displays. Not only do these displays make no sense at all, they reveal the hard-heartedness of the supposed Christians behind them.
Life Dynamics says it mailed the flyers, which feature an image of what looks to be an aborted fetus, to every doctor’s office in the state. The president of the group posted an image of the flyer on Facebook Friday, noting that “there will be a ruckus and this is just the first shot of the ruckus that’s coming.”
The ordinance, which took effect immediately, protects patients of the city’s only abortion clinic, who have said they faced a weekly “gauntlet” of harassment from protesters with the Pro-Life Missionaries of Maine.