Abortion is still safe, legal, and accessible in New Hampshire up to 24 weeks.
However, with the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade, our worst fears have come true. Abortion is no longer a constitutionally protected right in this country; instead, the decision to restrict or protect abortion access has returned to politicians in individual states. In the coming days, weeks, and months, up to 26 states will move to ban or deeply restrict access to abortion. And while New Hampshire is not immediately at risk, the time to act is now. Below is more information about the state of abortion access in New Hampshire, and ways you can help both locally and nationally:
If you can, donate to local abortion providers and abortion funds:
Donate to Brick and Mortar Health Centers
New Hampshire has 4 primary providers of abortion care: Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, a non-profit provider that operates four health centers in New Hampshire (two locations, Manchester and Keene, offer abortion care services), Joan G Lovering Health Center of Greenland (an independent, non-profit provider), Equality Health Center of Concord (an independent, non-profit provider), and Reproductive Services of Manchester (does not accept donations). Providers work together and are all deserving of your support. You can also support independent clinics by donating to Keep Our Clinics, the fundraising campaign affiliated with the Abortion Care Network. One way to make sure that your network knows about their options is to amplify abortionfinder.org for folks who are seeking care to find a verified abortion provider.
It’s also important to know what Crisis Pregnancy Centers are, and make sure you don’t donate to them by accident! Crisis Pregnancy Centers (also called CPCs or fake clinics) are clinics or mobile vans that look like real health centers, but they have a shady, harmful agenda: to scare, shame, or pressure people out of getting an abortion and to tell lies about abortion, birth control, and sexual health. Crisis pregnancy centers don’t provide abortion or offer a full range of health care, and they won’t give you honest facts about sexual health and your pregnancy options — their goal is to spread misinformation and propaganda. There are around 20 fake clinics in New Hampshire. These centers are often deliberately located near reproductive health clinics. This tool from Reproductive Equity Now will help identify crisis pregnancy centers. Learn more about how to identify a CPC.
Donate to Abortion Funds
What are abortion funds? An abortion fund helps pay for people to have an abortion and help navigate barriers to abortion care. Abortion funds are a network to help people seeking abortion get care for things like travel and accommodation, and the cost of the abortion itself. This is critical as costs will go up for patients who need to travel to states where abortion is legal. Locally, there is the Reproductive Freedom Fund of NH and The Laura Fund. The abortion fund in Maine is SAFE Maine and in Vermont, it’s Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom (VARF). The National Network for Abortion Funds will give you a list of all the abortion funds in the country.
Be Knowledgeable About Abortion:
What is medication abortion? The abortion pill(s) is a safe and effective way to end an early pregnancy. In New Hampshire, providers offer this care until about 9-11 weeks of pregnancy, depending on the provider. All 4 abortion providers also offer in-clinic abortion services, each with various gestational limitations, and will work with patients to get them the care they need, even if it’s elsewhere. You can find details about abortion services on our websites or by calling directly (PPNNE, Equality Health Center in Concord, Joan G. Lovering Health Center in Greenland, and Reproductive Services of Manchester).
Today and every day, New Hampshire abortion providers are doing everything we can to ensure that every patient who seeks an abortion can get one. We’re committed to providing access to safe and legal abortion, helping patients navigate to care, using innovation to expand access where possible, and ensuring people seeking abortion have medically accurate information and support around their options for ending a pregnancy. New Hampshire abortion providers adhere to all laws and regulations, and patients can trust they are getting expert care and information from highly skilled health care professionals. We understand that some people may choose to self-manage their abortion with pills, and this may become more common as laws increasingly restrict access to legal care. We honor and respect this decision and will provide education, support, and any needed clinical care to anyone who seeks it.
Vote and Hold Elected Officials Accountable:
New Hampshire has many elected officials, so it can be overwhelming to figure out who to support, but they need to hear from you. Contact your elected officials and tell them that abortion access is critical to you.
In New Hampshire, there are no laws that make abortion illegal now that Roe has been overturned by the Supreme Court. Abortion is safe and legal before 24 weeks. However, unlike the rest of our New England neighbors, there are also no laws to protect abortion access up to 24 weeks. We support legislation that would do just that. Head over to Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund to learn more about this legislation. State laws can change quickly and elections matter. Who we vote to represent us in Concord (and Washington) matters.
Support Abortion Workers and Engage in Community Care:
We encourage supporting abortion workers! Sending supportive messages via email and social media is deeply appreciated. We also encourage people to get care in our health centers. We provide excellent care for many services, and not just reproductive health care. All our health centers offer gender-affirming care, vaccines, and much more.
How to talk about abortion:
It’s important to remember abortion is a safe, routine, and essential part of the full spectrum of reproductive health care. In fact, 1 in 4 women has had an abortion in her lifetime.
When we talk openly about our personal experiences and our support for abortion rights, it helps destigmatize abortion. We encourage you to use the word “abortion”. Using language that tries to hide or shame abortion creates unnecessary stigma. Instead of saying “the right to choose,” for example, say what you mean: abortion.
While the vast majority of abortion care happens in the first trimester (88%), people need abortion care later in pregnancy for a number of reasons, including because politicians have put up unnecessary roadblocks to getting care early (like a medically unnecessary waiting period or a general lack of access). Learn more about abortion later in pregnancy by visiting WhoNotWhen.com.
Share your story:
Personal stories have the power to change cultural conversations and impact the political landscape. There are lots of reasons to share your story – and everyone has a story. Stories are told during legislative testimony, press conferences, speaking at events, relaying to donors the impact of our work, and more.
Follow all of us on social media, and amplify our content:
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (health centers in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine)
Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund (advocacy, education, electoral)
With input from:
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England/Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund
Equality Health Center of Concord
Lovering Health Center of Greenland
Reproductive Freedom Fund of New Hampshire