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.

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 pass a “trigger law” making abortion illegal if Roe v. Wade is overturned?

May 28, 2017
Roe v. Wade Supreme Court

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion across the nation. However, President Donald Trump made statements during his campaign promising to appoint judges who would work to overturn the ruling—though his most recent appointee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, has stated that Roe v. Wade is “the law of the land”.

No fetal homicide law this year

May 10, 2017

On Tuesday, May 9 a House committee voted to keep a fetal homicide bill for further study.  The means the full House will not vote on the issue until next year.

The bill, SB 66, would allow prosecutors to file murder charges if a pregnant woman is the victim of a crime and her fetus does not survive.  The law would only apply to fetuses twenty weeks and older.  

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.

House debates limiting pregnancy terminations

Mar 04, 2016

On Wednesday, March 9, the House will vote on HB 1328, which would limit pregnancy terminations to pregnancies of 20 weeks or less.

Currently, New Hampshire bans "partial-birth" abortions and requires parental notification before a minor's abortion. New Hampshire only provides public funding for abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape, and/or incest.

House to vote on abortion restrictions

Mar 04, 2016

Next Wednesday, March 9, the House will vote on several bills to restrict abortion in New Hampshire.

HB 1328 would prohibit abortion after twenty weeks of pregnancy.  

Speaking in favor of the bill, Rep. Joseph Hagan wrote, "Over the last decade, according to the Gallup Poll, greater than 80% of the American people agree that abortion should be banned after viability. This bill is constitutional, compassionate and supported by the majority of the American people."  

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