Update: NH buffer zone on hold

According to a report in Seacoast Online, 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 the lawsuit by seven pro-lifers seeking to block enforcement of an anti-free-speech zone around abortion facilities.

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. “We continue to evaluate the Supreme Court ruling, as well as patient protection laws around the country, to ensure that women can continue to make their own health care decisions without judgment from strangers and abusive and physically threatening protesters and without fear of harassment or intimidation. No matter what agenda these protesters and outside legal groups might pursue, Planned Parenthood’s No. 1 priority remains the safety and privacy of our patients and staff.”