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State won't enforce buffer zone while suit looms

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The state of New Hampshire won't enforce a law that creates a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics until a judge decides whether it's legal.

Alliance Defending Freedom is suing on behalf of several abortion opponents who say the buffer zone violates the free speech rights of abortion protesters.

The law was to take effect Thursday and ADF sought a temporary order blocking it until a hearing on the merits of the law could be completed. After a conference call with lawyers Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Laplante said the state and several counties agreed they wouldn't enforce the law, making the request moot.

Concord and the town of Derry could not agree to refrain from enforcing the buffer zone so Laplante issued a temporary order blocking them from enforcing the law.

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