New Hampshire Gov. Lynch Vetoes Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 18, 2012   |   7:43PM   |   Concord, NH

Gov. John Lynch has upset pro-lifers in New Hampshire by vetoing a bill that would ban partial-birth abortions in the state. The bill would allow New Hampshire to better enforce the federal law banning them.

In his veto message, Lynch wrote that the bill was too onerous and potentially life-threatening, even though it would save the lives of unborn children and despite the fact that the second-trimester abortion procedure is never necessary to save the life of the mother.

According to the Nashua Telegraph, House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, condemned Lynch’s decision.

“It is unfathomable that Governor Lynch would veto this responsible bill,” O’Brien said in a statement.

“Overriding this veto will be a priority, and I would hope that all the gubernatorial candidates of both parties will join in our efforts.”

It appears the bill may be overridden by the state legislature next week.

The Legislature is expected to take up this veto and others when it returns for a one-day session on June 27. The House of Representatives and the Senate adopted the legislation by better than the two-thirds majority vote needed to override a governor’s veto.

House Majority Leader Peter Silva, R-Nashua, said Lynch vetoed the bill because of political support from the abortion rights community.

“Once again, the governor has sided with liberal interest groups over the best interests of New Hampshire citizens,” Silva said.



Meanwhile, the governor also vetoed a bill that provides more legal protection and justice for pregnant women and their unborn children who are victimized by violent attacks, such as what happened to Laci and Connor Peterson in one of the most famous cases.

In his veto message for House Bill 217, Lynch said on Monday that he would only support changing the homicide statutes to apply to the death of a “viable” fetus — at around the 24th week of pregnancy. However, he doesn’t support holding criminals accountable when they killed an unborn child in the course of an attack on his mother when they are younger.

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