A day after a federal judge put a temporary hold on enforcement of the New Hampshire buffer zone law, the weekly pro-life witness outside Planned Parenthood on Pennacook Street in Manchester went on as usual. I stopped by to see how things were going. Cathy Kelley, who has said that Thursdays are surgical-abortion days at this PP office, reported a light-traffic day; eleven cars had entered the patients’ parking lot as of midday. The patient lot was empty when I was there, in contrast to the eleven cars crammed into the tiny parking lot for employees.
The photo on the right shows how close PP is to the residential buildings on Pennacook Street. I’ve been on that street in the winter, complete with snowbanks and ice-covered sidewalks and cars parked on both sides. It would be hard to come up with a worse location for a “buffered” building.