New Hampshire State House Rejects Abortion Information Bill

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 10, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 10, 2005

Concord, NH ( — New Hampshire state legislators have rejected legislation that would have provided women considering abortions with information about abortion’s risks and alternatives. The measure would also allow women to receive information depicting the development of their unborn children at the time of the abortion.

Opponents of the bill claimed it placed an undue burden on women by giving them 24 hours to take a look at the information given to them.

Rep. Joseph Miller, a Democrat, claimed abortion facilities in the state already provide women with similar information before their abortions.

The state House cast a 207 to 113 vote against the measure. Similar laws in other states have reduced abortions by as much as one-third.

Under the bill, women also would have been told that abortion increases the risk of contracting breast cancer.

Last month, the New Hampshire Attorney General asked the Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling striking down the state’s parental notification on abortion law. A federal appeals court issued a ruling in November saying the law was unconstitutional.

The appeals court backed a December 2003 district judge’s ruling saying the law lacked an exception for cases when there is a medical emergency.

Related web sites:
New Hampshire Citizens for Life –