NH Sen. Carson statement following Supreme Court Buffer Zone ruling

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senate Judiciary Chairman Sharon Carson, issued the following statement today following the Supreme Court’s ruling in McCullen vs. Coakley:


“The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision today affirmed the concerns raised by lawmakers, Constitutional scholars, and others over this last session with regards to New Hampshire’s buffer zone bill.  In siding with the plaintiffs in this case, the Court has agreed that these buffer zone laws pose an onerous burden to the free speech rights of those who wish to educate, protest, or otherwise exercise their Constitutional rights around these facilities.


“As the court noted in its ruling, there are steps lawmakers can take to ensure safe and open access for patients to reproductive clinics, but in crafting those laws we must be mindful of the First Amendment rights of all of our residents.”


As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Carson led the opposition to SB319 in the Senate.