MA governor signs abortion buffer zone bill

[JURIST] Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick [official website] signed a bill [Bill S.2281; text] Wednesday tightening security regulations to protect clients and patients at abortion clinics from abusive protests and demonstrations. The Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities was proposed in reaction to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling [JURIST report] that the state’s prior 35-foot "buffer zone" law was unconstitutional. The new bill prohibits protesters from impeding access to reproductive health facilities or using…


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