N.H. House to vote on abortion restrictions

Tomorrow, the New Hampshire House votes on a bill that would impose a 24-hour waiting period and mandatory counseling for abortion care.

The House Judiciary Committee has voted 13-6 against House Bill 483. Writing for the majority, Rep. Sylvia Gale (D-Nashua) warns the legislation “would impose ideologically driven obstacles … and is both impractical and burdensome…”

This bill suggests that women do not think carefully about abortion and are unable to make responsible decision without government interference….

Safe and legal abortion appears to be the only medical procedure in which legislative interference is proposed. Such attempts to impose legislative imperatives between a patient and her professional medical provider are unnecessary and should not be acceptable to this body.

Sara Persechino, NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire, notes the legislature has considered similar measures seven times during the past 15 years. “Each and every time,” she says, lawmakers “soundly rejected attempts to place roadblocks between women and safe, legal abortion:”

The majority of Granite Staters agree—there’s no room for politicians in personal, private medical decisions. That’s not the New Hampshire way. We are confident that this legislative body will follow our state’s long and proud tradition of trusting women, in consultation with their families and medical providers, to make informed health-care decisions without government interference.

Tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., opponents of HB 483 will gather outside the State House in Concord for a “Rally to Keep Politicians Out of Health-Care Decisions!

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