The overturning of Roe v. Wade means the future of abortion access now depends upon the state legislature. Find out where your elected officials stand on reproductive rights by viewing our House Scorecard and Senate Scorecard.
In this crisis moment for abortion access, it is critical we take time to celebrate our wins - and we had a lot in New Hampshire this legislative session.
PPNHAF led efforts at the State House to defeat:
- HB 1080: This bill would add roadblocks to reproductive health services like abortion and birth control and undermind Granite State patients' right to health care. Unfortunately, this legislation was passed in the New Hampshire House of Representatives on March 16, 2022. HB 1080 was sent to "Interim Study" by the Senate.
- HB 1181: This egregious attack on bodily autonomy would allow any man to petition a court to block a pregnant person from accessing abortion care; fortunately, it was rejected by the House and sent to Interim Study.
- HB 1477: This Texas-style six-week abortion ban would effectively outlaw abortion in New Hampshire. This bill was tabled in the House.
- HB 1625: Every Granite Stater deserves access to health care without intimidation or fear for their safety, but this bill would repeal New Hampshire's patient safety zone law. Governor Sununu vetoed HB 1625 on Friday, May 27; New Hampshire's patient safety zone law is still in effect.
PPNHAF also supported proactive policy measures:
- HB 1609: As amended in the House Finance Committee, this bill would mitigate the harm caused by New Hampshire's 24-week abortion ban and ultrasound mandate by adding exceptions for fatal fetal diagnoses to the ban and removing the requirement that all people seeking abortion care - at any stage of pregnancy - first have an ultrasound. HB 1609 was signed into law on Friday, May 27.
- HB 1673: As filed, this bill would repeal New Hampshire's abortion ban and ultrasound mandate. On March 16, 2022, this bill was amended and passed in the House of Representatives to preserve the abortion ban but mitigate the harm of the ultrasound mandate provision. HB 1673 was signed into law on May 20 and took effect immediately.
- HB 1674: The House version of the Access to Abortion-care Act, this bill would enshrine abortion rights in New Hampshire state law. Unfortunately, this law was rejected by the House of Representatives on March 16, 2022.
- CACR 18: A Constitutional Amendment that would enshrine reproductive rights in New Hampshire's state constitution. It was tabled in the House. After the Supreme Court's draft decision in Dobbs v. JWHO was leaked, an effort to take it off the table failed.
- SB 399: Originally filed to repeal New Hampshire's abortion ban and ultrasound mandate, it was amended in the Senate to leave the abortion ban in place but mitigate the harm of the ultrasound mandate. You can read our statement here. The bill was tabled by the New Hampshire House of Representatives in May.
- SB 436: The Senate version of the Access to Abortion-care Act would enshrine abortion rights in state statute. It was tabled in the Senate. An effort to revive SB 436 after the Supreme Court's draft decision in Dobbs v. JWHO was leaked failed,12-12.
As we wait for the final decision in a U.S. Supreme Court case that could overturn Roe v. Wade and send abortion rights back to state politicians, we must strengthen our resolve. After you take time to celebrate the success of this legislative session and the power of storytellers, join Planned Parenthood to recommit to our work to protect the future of abortion access in New Hampshire.