Judge delays abortion clinic buffer zone argument

The law was to take effect July 10 before the delay.

(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge has put off arguments on the constitutionality of New Hampshire’s law creating buffer zones of up to 25 feet around abortion clinics after the attorney general agreed not to enforce it.

The law was to take effect July 10 but after the Massachusetts ruling, Alliance Defending Freedom sued on behalf of several abortion opponents to block it.

The judge cancelled a hearing scheduled Friday in U.S. District Court after a phone conference with the lawyers.

Judge Joseph Laplante says Attorney General Joseph Foster said there are no plans to put up signs at the abortion clinics that would trigger enforcement of the law, which provides for a minimum fine of $100.

Laplante ordered both sides to report any developments within 60 days.


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