NH’s abortion clinic buffer zone law in legal limbo
CONCORD - A federal judge has put on hold all legal action concerning New Hampshire's abortion clinic buffer zone law, but has not ruled the law unconstitutional.
State and county officials, however, have been ordered not to enforce it.
It was an “unconstitutional law that can't be enforced,” said Michael J. Tierney, an attorney representing Sister Mary Rose, the lead plaintiff...Senior Assistant Attorney General Nancy J. Smith said there is no way for the court to determine if the law is constitutional since it never was implemented.
The state maintains the law is different from Massachusetts' law, which was ruled unconsitutional in June by the U.S. Supreme Court, and that Granite State's law would survive a constitutional challenge...Friday's hearing on a preliminary injunction was cancelled.
The judge said that within 60 days of his order, the parties are to file a joint status report apprising him of any legislative, executive, judicial or factual developments in the case...firstname.lastname@example.org..