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CONCORD - On Thursday, the New Hampshire Senate rejected an effort to revive the Access to Abortion-care Act, voting 13-10 on party lines against taking SB 436 off the table.

Statement from Liz Canada, Advocacy Manager for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund:

“Out-of-touch anti-abortion politicians’ continued refusal to add abortion rights to New Hampshire state law is particularly offensive given the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade and introduction of a federal abortion ban that would restrict Granite Staters’ acces to health care throughout pregnancy.

While abortion remains safe and legal before 24-weeks in New Hampshire - for now - we are the only state in New England that does not have protections for abortion rights. At this crisis moment, every lawmaker should be working together to ensure reproductive freedom, especially in a state with such strong bipartisan support for abortion rights. The current legislative leadership has made clear they won’t stand up for our rights; it’s up to New Hampshire voters to stand up, speak out, and vote for leaders who will fight for our reproductive rights - no matter what.”

BACKGROUND:

SB 436 - New Hampshire’s Access to Abortion-care Act (AAA):

  • SB 436 would put abortion rights into state statute. The bill was tabled during the legislation after a motion to ITL failed, 12-12. Previously, Republican Senators Jeb Bradley and Erin Hennessey joined the Democrats in support of SB 436.
  • The Accesss to Abortion-care Act upholds long-held New Hampshire values by enshrining the right to makepersonal, private health decisions regarding abortion in law.
  • The AAA does not change anything about current New Hampshire abortion law; 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.

New Hampshire Abortion Restrictions:

  • Currently, New Hampshire law prohibits abortion at or after 24-weeks gestation, with limited exceptions for the life of the pregnant person and for fatal fetal anomalies (as amended by HB 1609). 
  • New Hampshire minors are required to notify a parent/guardian prior to an abortion; a judicial waiver is also an option.

Polling:

  • August 2022 polling by the Saint Anselm College Survey Center shows that support for abortion rights in New Hampshire is at a historic high and nearly 6 in 10 voters disapproved of the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022.
  • Polling released in July, 2021 from the UNH Survey Center shows that New Hampshire’s abortion ban is deeply unpopular, with only one-third of Granite Staters in support of it. Nearly half of independent Granite Staters oppose this ban, as do 27 percent of Republicans.
  • The UNH Survey Center polling also shows that only 31 percent of Granite Staters support the provision signed by Governor Sununu that mandates medically unnecessary, often invasive ultrasounds before abortion care at all stages of pregnancy.
  • The truth is, most Granite Staters and most Americans support access to safe, legal abortion. If someone has decided to have an abortion, more than 8 in 10 respondents want the experience to be supportive and nonjudgmental, without added burdens or protesters, affordable and safe. 

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Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) is the largest provider of reproductive and sexual health care across the State of New Hampshire. We serve New Hampshire residents through 5 health centers in Derry, Exeter, Keene, Manchester and White River Junction, VT. Last year we saw more than 10,000 patients at these sites. PPNNE was named a 2021 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey, the national leader in health care consumer and workforce engagement. Press Ganey recognizes PPNNE as a top-performing health care organization, achieving the 95th percentile or above for performance in patient experience, out of more than 20,000 medical practices.

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.