Setting aside cases of rape/incest and health complications, should a woman be able to choose abortion after 20 weeks gestation?

Apr 29, 2018
24 weeks gestation

This January the U.S. Senate voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would make abortions illegal after twenty weeks gestation. Both of New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, voted against moving the bill forward.

Last year the New Hampshire House of Representatives tabled a similar bill, which would have banned abortions after twenty-one weeks. 

Right of doctors to refuse abortion, contraception?

Feb 28, 2018
doctor's right of conscience to refuse

This March the New Hampshire House will vote on a bill that would protect doctors who to refuse to provide an abortion, contraception, or sterilization.

A doctor would have the right to sue an employer, licensing board, or any other person or institution that discriminates against him or her for refusing to provide those reproductive health services.

The bill, HB 1787, would also cover other health care employees, such as nurses and pharmacists.

2017 bills aren't dead yet

Dec 11, 2017
NH legislation

The New Hampshire House and Senate voted on most 2017 bills by the end of June, but committees kept a few bills over the summer for more work. Those bills will get vote from the full House and Senate in 2018. Here are some of the most significant 2017 bills that are still alive:

Should NH ban abortion after "viability," except in medical emergencies?

Nov 30, 2017
abortion after viability, 20 week fetus

Rep. Keith Murphy is sponsoring a 2018 bill that would ban abortion after viability.

The bill defines viability as, "the point in pregnancy when, in the good faith medical judgment of a physician, there is reasonable likelihood of the fetus' sustained survival outside the uterus without the application of extraordinary medical measures."

There are exceptions for medical emergencies, Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, and "a fetus with severe anomalies incompatible with life."

Abortion funding ban in state budget

Jun 13, 2017
Pro-life protester Hyde Amendment

When the Senate passed its version of the budget last week, it included the following line: "No state funds awarded by the department of health and human services to a reproductive health care facility ... shall be used to provide abortion services."

This provision mirrors a federal law, called the Hyde Amendment, that already prevents taxpayer dollars from going to abortions.  Organizations like Planned Parenthood may still use federal funds for other family planning services.

Miscarriage Birth Certificates

Jun 05, 2017
miscarriage birth certificates

Last week, Florida governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law that gives parents who suffer miscarriages the option of receiving a birth certificate.

“Certificates of nonviable birth” would be available to parents whose miscarriages take place between nine and twenty weeks of gestation. Parents would have the option to list the name and gender of the fetus.

Should NH track abortion statistics?

Jan 14, 2017

Rep. Kathleen Souza is sponsoring a 2017 bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to track abortion statistics and release an annual report.

Abortion restrictions in NH: too few, too many, or just right?

Feb 11, 2016

New Hampshire has fewer abortion restrictions than many other states, but New Hampshire also has a relatively low abortion rate.

House rejects abortion restrictions

Feb 11, 2016

On Wednesday, February 10 the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted against two bills that would restrict abortion. 

HB 1560 would have prohibited Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) abortion except in medical emergencies.

The majority of the House Judiciary Committee voted against the bill, as did the full House.  Speaking on behalf of the committee, Rep. Linda Kenison noted that D&E is the most common method of second trimester pre-viability abortion, and bans on D&E in other jurisdictions have been ruled unconstitutional. 

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