Abortion buffer zone suspended throughout NH
Officials in both communities explained Thursday why they couldn’t agree to a request earlier this week by a federal judge to hold off on enforcement of the state’s newly minted buffer zone law that covers abortion clinics.
Three other communities, Attorney General Joseph Foster and five county prosecutors agreed to suspend any enforcement of the law until Laplante holds a hearing on its constitutionality on July 25.
“We’re going to uphold state law unless it’s been declared to be invalid, unconstitutional or unenforceable. We didn’t think that was the case,” Aspell said.
Town Council Chairman Mark Osborne said he found out late Tuesday about Laplante’s request. He said that wasn’t enough time for the town council to meet, consult with its lawyer and make a decision.
The New Hampshire law requires abortion clinics to work out details about the buffer zone with local officials. Aspell said the Concord Feminist Health Center has had some discussions with city officials but has not filed any applications for the buffer zone.
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