New Hampshire Govt Ranked Worst in US, Pro-Life Group Cites Abortion Law

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 5, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Hampshire Govt Ranked Worst in US, Pro-Life Group Cites Abortion Law Email this article
Printer friendly page

RSS Newsfeed

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 5
, 2008

Concord, NH ( — A new study by the Pew Charitable Trust has rated the government of New Hampshire as the worst in the United States. A statewide pro-life group there says the rating comes as no surprise because, while dozens of states have laws on the books requiring parental notification or consent on abortion, New Hampshire recently repealed its statute.

As a result, parents are left in the dark and teenagers can have a secret abortion without their knowledge or consent.

The Pew’s Government Performance Project gave the Granite State government the only D+ in its report. Only one state came close to the bottom of the barrel: Rhode Island, which received a C minus.

Roger Stenson, the head of New Hampshire Citizens for Life, told on Wednesday that he’s not surprised by the state’s last-in-the-nation rating.

“The Pew metric illuminates consequences that manifest the government’s attitude,” said Stenson. “The way our government treats our families, each individual family, is the most important of the consequences.”

He said the policy decision of heaviest consequence is last year’s repeal of the state’s parental notice of abortion law. Passed in 2003, the law required abortion providers to notify just one parent of a minor girl before doing an abortion on her.

“That was when we had a Republican majority in the House and the Senate, and a Republican governor," Stenson recalled.

“Then, for the first time in over 130 years, all three ended up in the control of Democrats in 2006," he explained. One of the first orders of business was to remove parents from influencing their own children, and replacing moms and dads with government. Government as viewed through the prism of the Democrat Party, and deciding that parents do not have the right to be involved in their minor daughters’ lives.”

“Should we really be surprised that we now have the worst government in the United States?” he concluded.

Related web sites:
New Hampshire Citizens for Life –