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New abortion clinic bill believed to have strong support

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Massachusetts lawmakers are proposing a new bill intended to strengthen security at abortion clinics after a Supreme Court ruling outlawed buffer zones.

Lawmakers heard from activists on both sides of the debate but most of the speakers were in favor of the new legislation.

“The bill gives new tools to the police department and the attorney general to maintain public safety. One of the tools is that the police will be able to order the dispersal of a gathering of people that substantially impedes access to a reproductive healthcare center,” Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts CEO Marty Walz said.

One of the opponents for the bill was Eleanor McCullen, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court Case and a counselor who speaks with women outside abortion clinics.

“If you're disturbing the peace, if you're bothering somebody, there's a law already for that. So they could take you in and maybe get a little warning, maybe go home. But there is a law already. We can't live in fear, we can't say one person is going to be a little bit over the top,” McCullen said.

The bill is believed to have strong support in the legislature and supporters hope to get it approved by the end of this legislative session on July 31.
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