from Leaven for the Loaf:
New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster has announced that the state's new "buffer zone" law will not be enforced until further notice. The announcement was part of a formal filing in federal court, responding to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court seeking to block enforcement of an anti-free-speech zone around New Hampshire abortion facilities.
Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom are representing seven New Hampshire residents who engage in pro-life witness outside abortion facilities. According to Michael Tierney, a Manchester attorney allied with ADF, "New Hampshire has created an expansive anti-speech zone that cannot survive constitutional scrutiny. There is no constitutional ground for creating speech-restricted zones on public ways and sidewalks."
The lawsuit asserts that the Supreme Court's recent McCullen case, striking down Massachusetts's buffer zone law, "eliminates any plausible legal justification" for New Hampshire's law.
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England issued its own statement late yesterday. announcing that it had no "present intentions" of posting buffer zone signs around its New Hampshire offices.