by Steven Ertelt
March 21, 2008
Concord, NH (LifeNews.com) — Members of the New Hampshire Senate killed a teen counseling bill that pro-life groups opposed and that also drew opposition from some abortion advocates. The measure would allow adults and others besides a girl’s parents to bring her in for an abortion and parents would be kept in the dark.
Pro-life groups oppose the measure because it leaves parents out of the decision-making process about their own daughters while a "counselor" weighs abortion and pregnancy options.
They support parental notification or consent measures such as the three notification bills the new Hampshire House defeated last week.
The Senate killed the bill on a 14-10 vote with pro-life advocates voting against it but some abortion advocates who want no limits on abortions voting against it as well.
Pro-life legislators also viewed the bill as an attempt by abortion advocates to cover up their actions in the last legislative session — where they became the only state in the nation to remove a parental involvement law from the books.
According to the Concord Monitor, Republican Sen. Jack Barnes attempted to change the bill into a legitimate parental notification measure, but the Senate turned back his amendment on a 15-9 vote.
Sen. Joe Kenney, a Union Republican, was one of the lawmakers voting for the notification alternative.
"There can be no better counselor than parents," he said.
Roger Stenson, the head of New Hampshire Citizens for Life, told LifeNews.com previously that his group opposed the counseling bill.
He said the measure is full of problems and called it "a cynical collection of platitudes that purposely seeks to exclude parents from being involved in their young daughters’ most important decisions."
He also worries the bill will provide cover for men who sexually abuse teen girls.
"Adult males take minor girls they’ve gotten pregnant to abortion facilities to cover up their actions," he told LifeNews.com. "The Democrat majority and some Republicans have chosen to be enablers."
The measure had the backing of Gov. John Lynch, who signed the bill last year to take the notification law off the books.
Related web sites:
New Hampshire Citizens for Life – https://www.citizensforlife.org