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1st Circuit sidesteps ruling on constitutionality of NH censorship zones

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The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Michael Tierney regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit’s decision Wednesday in Reddy v. Foster that sidesteps ruling on the constitutionality of New Hampshire’s censorship zone law:

“An unconstitutional law shouldn’t remain on the books just because abortionists haven’t taken advantage of the power the law gives them to silence free speech. The 1st Circuit’s decision made no determination as to whether the New Hampshire statute would pass constitutional muster. Instead, the court left the law in place without further scrutiny unless and until an abortion business wields it. For that reason, we are considering our next legal steps.”

New Hampshire’s law allows the creation of 25-foot censorship zones in which no person may speak, stand, or even enter on public ways and sidewalks outside of abortion facilities. In June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a similar law in McCullen v. Coakley, a case ADF attorneys and allied attorneys filed in 2008.

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