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June 13, 2014

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'BUFFER ZONES': "New Hampshire Approves a Buffer Zone Around Abortion Clinics," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": A new New Hampshire law "to institute a 25-foot buffer zone around reproductive health facilities in the state ... will help prevent women from encountering anti-choice harassment when they're trying to enter an abortion clinic, a persistent issue that can dissuade some patients from visiting clinics altogether," Culp-Ressler writes. Although the New Hampshire bill was prompted by harassment at Planned Parenthood clinics there, "[a]cross the country, anti-choice harassment makes it harder for employees at abortion clinics to do their jobs and often intimidates the women who are looking for medical services," Culp-Ressler explains, adding that "what starts out as picketing can quickly turn violent" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/10).