CONCORD — Former Sen. Scott Brown, who voted for the Massachusetts law creating “buffer zones” around clinics where abortions are performed, says he does not regret his vote in the aftermath of a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the law.
The Massachusetts law kept protesters at least 35 feet clinic entrances. The high court unanimously struck down the law Thursday as a violation of First Amendment freedom of speech rights.
In a statement Friday, Brown said:
“I supported the Massachusetts law that created buffer zones around abortion clinics. Despite the Supreme Court’s decision striking down that law, I do not regret my vote.
“No matter how you feel about abortion, women should feel safe when they seek out and obtain medical services for themselves. Here in New Hampshire we have a similar buffer zone law.
“ The Supreme Court has provided guidance on how to modify such a law so that it balances constitutionally-protected free speech rights with the right of women to feel safe. I encourage Governor Hassan and the New Hampshire Legislature to make any necessary adjustments so that the law can remain substantially in place.”