New Hampshire House Kills Bill Protecting Women From Forced Abortions

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 21, 2018   |   4:43PM   |   Concord, New Hampshire

Any abortion regulation is a bad abortion regulation to abortion activists, even ones that protect women from forced and coerced abortions.

On Wednesday, pro-abortion lawmakers in the New Hampshire House rejected a bill to require that women be screened for coercion and abuse before they have an abortion, the AP reports. The vote was 237 to 100.

State Rep. Kurt Wuelper, a Republican who supported the bill, said the bill protects women’s choices.

“The choice to have an abortion should be a free and informed choice and should not be coerced,” he said.

Others said the bill would protect victims of human trafficking, a growing concern in our country.  Studies indicate sex trafficking victims often are forced or coerced into aborting their unborn babies. In 2011, a Live Action investigation also uncovered wide-spread willingness among Planned Parenthood employees to help sex traffickers abuse young teens.

However, lawmakers in New Hampshire who opposed the bill claimed “it would target medical providers rather than those doing the coercing,” according to the AP. State Rep. Joseph Hagen, a Republican, even claimed the bill would “add undue burden” on women seeking abortions.

However, research has found that many women and girls are forced or coerced to abort their unborn babies, and abortion facilities are not screening for this abuse. A 2014 Canadian study found that half of the women who went to abortion clinics said they were not screened for abuse.

Yet, in the United States, one in six women is first abused during pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And studies indicate about 60 percent of abortions are coerced.

Several studies have linked domestic violence to abortion. In these cases, some women were forced or pressured by partners into having abortions, while others believed having an abortion would help them escape abuse.

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In a 2011 study in The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, one woman told researchers: “So when I found out I was pregnant he was like … oh go get an abortion, I don’t want no baby now and threatening me and he was trying to get [X] to come and beat me up, he was telling me he was going to stab me and slice up my face and kick the baby out of my stomach and like … it was really scary.”