On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, jeopardizing abortion access across our country. Twenty-six states - with 36 million, or nearly half of U.S. women of reproductive age (18-49) and more people who can become pregnant - could lose abortion access.
We need a New Hampshire solution. In New Hampshire, abortion is currently safe and legal until 24 weeks – however, there are currently no protections in place for the right to have an abortion. The Access to Abortion-care Act would put abortion rights into statute in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire is one of the most supportive states in the country when it comes to reproductive freedom; polling shows that NH’s recently-signed abortion ban is deeply unpopular with Granite Staters. Our state has enjoyed a long bipartisan tradition of upholding privacy when it comes to personal medical decisions; unfortunately, current legislative leadership in Concord has proven hostile to reproductive rights posing the greatest threat to safe, legal abortion in decades. That is why it is critical New Hampshire takes action now to safeguard abortion access.
The Access to Abortion-care Act (AAA) upholds long-held New Hampshire values by putting into law that the state cannot further interfere in the right to access abortion. This bill does not change any current New Hampshire abortion laws; it does, however, provide critical protections to ensure that Granite Staters can work with their doctors to get the health care they need in the majority of situations.
Unfortunately, both New Hampshire's House and Senate rejected the Access to Abortion-care Act in 2022, but we are building momentum for reintroduction in future legislative sessions. Here's how you can help pass the Access to Abortion-care Act (AAA) to protect reproductive freedom in New Hampshire: