Massachusetts House to debate abortion clinic bill

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BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts House is planning to debate a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics.

The bill would let police disperse groups substantially impeding access to abortion clinics. After a dispersal order is issued in writing, those individuals would have to stay at least 25 feet from the clinic's entrances for up to eight hours.

The 25-foot boundary would have to be clearly marked and the new regulations must be posted.

The House is scheduled to debate the bill Wednesday. The Senate approved by the legislation last week.

The bill is a response to the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down a 2007 Massachusetts law that established protest-free 35-foot "buffer zones" around the entrances of abortion clinics.

Abortion opponents have said they would head back to court if the bill is approved.


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