Abortion Rights Supporters Get Wins in New Hampshire House
🔴 One bill passed that specifically gives women the right to an abortion by law up to 24 weeks
🔴 A proposed ban on abortion after 24 weeks was tabled after a tie vote
🔴 The approved bills move onto the state Senate for a vote
Bills that would have restricted access to abortions in New Hampshire were rejected by both House Democrats and Republicans while bills protecting access were approved.
Legislation called the Access to Abortion Care Act passed by the House specifically gives women the right to an abortion by law up to 24 weeks. The bill's future is not clear, as Republicans in the Senate rejected a similar bill in February.
Another removed the criminal and civil penalties for doctors who perform abortions, which has the support of Gov. Chris Sununu should the bill make it through the Senate.
A proposed ban on abortion after 24 weeks was tabled after a tie vote, 192-192.
The House turned down a bill by voice vote that would have required "informed consent" before an abortion is performed. A bill that would have prohibited most abortions after six weeks also lost.
“Thursday’s critical votes to protect and expand reproductive rights truly represent the will of the people of New Hampshire, who overwhelmingly believe abortion should be safe and legal," Kayla Montgomery, Vice President for Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund, said in a statement.
"We urge the New Hampshire Senate to join in the support for HB 88 and HB 224, which Governor Sununu previously indicated he would sign, to ensure Granite Staters continue to have access to safe, legal abortion and our state’s trusted doctors are not criminalized for providing appropriate, compassionate care," Montgomery said.
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