Positive reactions to buffer zone law

Protesters must stay at least 25-feet from the clinic's entrance

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Patrick has signed a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics in Massachusetts.

The new law will allow police to disperse protesters who are substantially impeding access to a clinic. Those individuals will have to stay at least 25-feet from the clinic’s entrances for up to eight hours.

Joel Joel of Springfield commends the governor for passing the law, “I feel that you should be able to get in and out of a facility without worrying about being shot, as it’s happened in the past, or being pushed around.”

The legislation is in response to the Supreme Court ruling that struck down a state law that established a protest-free 35-foot “buffer zone” around abortion clinics.

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