The cost of the buffer zone law, so far

A postscript to yesterday’s New Hampshire House committee vote on buffer zone repeal, HB 589: Rep. Gary Hopper (R-Weare) read aloud to his fellow committee members a communication he had received from Deputy Attorney General Ann Rice in response to a query from him about what the state has spent so far defending the buffer… Read More The cost of the buffer zone law, so far

This Sunday, 9/20: Eleanor McCullen speaking in Dover NH

This is short notice, but worth sharing: Eleanor McCullen, the plaintiff in the lawsuit that invalidated Massachusetts’ buffer zone law last year, is coming to New Hampshire. She’ll speak at St. Joseph Church in Dover, New Hampshire tomorrow, Sunday, September 20 at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered. The church is on Central Avenue… Read More This Sunday, 9/20: Eleanor McCullen speaking in Dover NH

Two years ago: the first hint of a NH buffer zone

As a House-passed buffer zone repeal bill makes its way through the New Hampshire Senate (where its prospects are uncertain), I recall a post on this blog two years ago when buffer zones first made their way into public discussion in the Granite State. From April 2013: PPNNE is having “conversations” about no-protest zones outside… Read More Two years ago: the first hint of a NH buffer zone

NH buffer zone repeal bill has zone backers looking for cover

The yet-unenforced New Hampshire buffer zone law rammed through the legislature by abortion advocates last year has become politically and legally toxic – so much so that its biggest boosters are asking legislators to fix the mess they made last year. Senator Donna Soucy and Planned Parenthood lobbyist Jennifer Frizzell testified before the House Judiciary… Read More NH buffer zone repeal bill has zone backers looking for cover

Massachusetts to pay $1.2 million to buffer zone attorneys

The state of Massachusetts must pay the attorneys for plaintiffs in its buffer zone case $1.24 million, under terms of a settlement agreement. This has implications for New Hampshire’s buffer zone law, modeled on the Massachusetts law struck down in June by the U.S. Supreme Court. Will New Hampshire officials have to hit up the… Read More Massachusetts to pay $1.2 million to buffer zone attorneys

Right decision, wrong reason (but let’s take it for now)

New Hampshire’s buffer zone law is based on a Massachusetts law that has just been ruled unconstitutional. So much for one sorry attempt at “bipartisanship.” It seems Democrats and Republicans are equally capable of dismissing the Bill of Rights. In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the Massachusetts buffer zone law unconstitutional.… Read More Right decision, wrong reason (but let’s take it for now)