CONCORD – On Wednesday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to advance HB 625, a bill that targets patients and doctors by banning abortion later in pregnancy.
HB 625 bans abortion after 24 weeks with very narrow exceptions, including none for the health of the fetus. HB 625 would also criminalize doctors with a class B felony and up to seven years in prison.
Statement from Kayla Montgomery, Senior Director of Public Affairs for PPNHAF and PPNNE:
“Today a majority of representatives chose to disregard reproductive freedoms and privacy and vote to pass a dangerous ban on abortion. The vast majority of Granite Staters do not want to see their reproductive rights rolled back, especially during a global pandemic. It’s deeply disappointing that some members of the House voted to put their political agenda ahead of the health and well-being of Granite Staters."
"Each pregnancy and each circumstance is unique. That’s why when people are making personal medical decisions, one-size-fits-all laws like this one, don’t work. Families involved in these circumstances deserve our compassion and support — not judgment and certainly not government interference. We look forward to educating the NH Senate and Governor Sununu about how dangerous abortion bans are. We thank the 162 representatives who stood up for reproductive rights.”
The House is scheduled to vote on two more anti-reproductive health care bills: HB 430, which would repeal our state’s reproductive health center buffer zone law and HB 434, which bans state Medicaid from covering abortion and gags providers and New Hampshire’s public colleges and universities. See background below for more details. All of these bills came out of the House Judiciary Committee with a bipartisan “Inexpedient to Legislate” recommendation.
Background on Bills Scheduled for House Vote:
HB 430 would put patient safety at risk by repealing New Hampshire’s reproductive health center buffer zone law. This law which passed with bipartisan support in 2014, is designed to strike a balance between patient safety and free speech. Everyone deserves to feel safe when accessing the health care they need.
HB 434 would prohibit Medicaid insurance from covering abortion care -- something that already doesn’t happen in New Hampshire. Our state already does not allow state Medicaid insurance to go toward abortion care, and the Hyde Amendment prohibits federal insurance from being used in any way for abortion care. Patients seeking an abortion must already pay for their care out of pocket or use private insurance that covers abortion.
In addition, both HB 434 would institute a gag rule by banning tuition and fees from funding on-campus health centers at New Hampshire’s public colleges and universities, unless providers refused to make referrals for abortion.
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) is the largest provider of reproductive and sexual health care for women, men and young people across the State of New Hampshire. We serve New Hampshire residents through 6 health centers in Claremont, Derry, Exeter, Keene, Manchester and White River Junction, VT. In 2019, we saw more than 13,000 patients at these sites.
Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in New Hampshire. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy. The Action Fund makes independent expenditures on behalf of or in opposition to targeted candidates for public office. PPNHAF maintains a separate, segregated political committee and fund to make direct campaign contributions to endorsed candidates (the PAC).