NH's abortion clinic buffer zone law in legal limboPAT GROSSMITH
New Hampshire Union Leader
July 25. 2014 8:02PM
The law says the enforcement mechanism – a written warning, then a citation punishable by a $100 minimum fine and then an action for injunctive relief filed by the Attorney General or county attorney – shall not apply unless a sign is posted concerning the buffer zone.
The attorney general contends that since no signs are posted, the plaintiffs face no threat of sanctions under the law. The absence of the signs means the “patient safety zone” created in the act has yet to take effect since “an individual cannot be prohibited from entering a specific space until its bounds have been established and demarcated.”
Smith explained that, generally, when a court issues a “stay,” the stay is not permanent. At some point, she said, the case is usually dismissed.