Advocates, Lawmakers: Action Needed to Protect NH’s Future Abortion Rights

Before the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Calf, Advocates and lawmakers are speaking out about the need for government action to protect the future of abortion rights in New Hampshire

CONCORD- On Thursday, January 19, 2023, a coalition of reproductive rights advocates, legislators, providers and patients gathered to campaign for the Access to Abortion-care Act ahead of the 50th Roe v. calf.

Sunday, January 22 marks the anniversary of the landmark case that guaranteed the right to an abortion, and it is the first time the anniversary has been marked since the Supreme Court overturned the ruling Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Without the constitutional right to abortion under Roe v. calfState politicians are now deciding the future of abortion law, which has resulted in access to abortion being completely abolished or drastically restricted in much of the country in just seven months.

The Access to Abortion-care Act has been introduced in the House and Senate. HB 88 and LSR 2023-0770 would proactively incorporate abortion rights into state law, adding a layer of protection and giving Granite Staters critical assurance that they can work with providers to get the healthcare they need in most situations. It does not change current abortion laws in New Hampshire.

After the press conference, the following statements were released:

“On January 22 we should celebrate 50 years of abortion rights; Instead, our country is grappling with a reality where one in three Americans has lost access to safe, legal care in their home state,” he said Kayla Montgomery, vice president of public affairs at the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund. “While abortion remains safe and legal in New Hampshire 24 weeks ago, the future of our rights without federal protections for the Constitution is at risk as we are the only New England state without proactive federal protections for abortions. This uncertainty is causing concern — for providers, Granite Staters, and the many out-of-state patients already coming to New Hampshire for abortion treatment. Planned Parenthood and local providers are all committed to providing all patients with the compassionate care they need — no matter what — but we need lawmakers to act now to ensure the future of abortion rights in our state.”

“It’s time for New Hampshire to draw a line in the sand and ensure that state laws protect access to abortion. Despite Granite Staters overwhelmingly and consistently believing that abortion should be safe and legal, political attacks on abortion have only increased over the past year. We remain steadfast in our commitment to defending reproductive rights and will use the full force of the ACLU to protect them in the Granite State,” he said Devon Chaffee, executive director of the ACLU of New Hampshire.

Senator Rebecca Perkins-Kwoka adding: “Across the country we have seen the devastating effects of the Supreme Court’s decision to rule Roe v. to fall Wade. Millions lost their rights in the blink of an eye. Today, women from New Hampshire are standing up to say: We refuse to play the wait-and-see game any longer. It is time to pass the Access to Abortion-Care Act and ensure that Granite Staters no longer have to fear having their rights taken away.”

“These are scary and chaotic times. Granite Staters are seeking clarity and reassurance from their elected officials right now. Passing the Access to Abortion Treatment Act will show the people of this great state that we understand what is at stake and that we take these threats seriously and that we trust them and their doctors,” he said Representative Alexis Simpson.

dr Danielle Albushies, OB/GYN,said: “The last year has been a difficult time for medical providers and our patients in New Hampshire. It’s important to note that the uncertainty in our care landscape isn’t limited to abortion—we’re talking about the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare, including prenatal care and miscarriage management. If we continue to trend toward less reproductive freedom, it will become difficult to recruit and retain qualified physicians dedicated to reproductive health.”

“Abortion – and access to it – has touched every phase of my life. My mother was too far along in her pregnancy to have an abortion, so she gave me up for adoption. I was able to choose the right time for me to start a family because I had access to abortion care. Now, as a mother, I worry that my daughter won’t have the same rights and access to care that I did because the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. calf. Granite Staters count on our elected officers. Now is the time to protect the future of abortion rights in New Hampshire,” he said Camilla Thompson, a New Hampshire mom and member of Black Lives Matters Seacoast.

BACKGROUND:

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  • August 2022 polls by the Saint Anselm College Survey Center show support for abortion rights in New Hampshire is at an all-time high, with nearly 6 in 10 voters disapproving of repealing abortion rights Roe v. calf on June 24, 2022.
  • A July 2021 poll released by the UNH Survey Center shows that New Hampshire’s newly enacted abortion ban is deeply unpopular, with only a third of Granite Staters supporting it. Almost half of independent Granite Staters oppose the ban, as do 27 percent of Republicans.
  • The truth is that most Granite Staters and most Americans support access to safe, legal abortion. When someone has made the decision to have an abortion, more than 8 in 10 respondents want the experience to be supportive and nonjudgmental, with no added burdens or protesters, affordable and safe.

The New Hampshire Countryside:

  • Without roeAbortion is safe and legal in New Hampshire for another 24 weeks – for now. A bill banning abortion would need to be passed to further reduce access to abortion.
  • Abortion restrictions in New Hampshire are clear: Access to abortion at or after 24 weeks is prohibited, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
  • New Hampshire is the only New England state without proactive protections for abortion rights in state statutes or our state constitution.

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

  • House Bill 88 and LSR 2023-0770 would incorporate abortion rights into state law. If passed into law, it would proactively protect the future of abortion rights in the Granite State.
  • The Access to Abortion-care Act upholds long-standing New Hampshire values ​​by enshrining in law the right to personal, private health choices related to abortion.
  • The AAA does not change current abortion laws in New Hampshire; However, it provides important safeguards to ensure Granite Staters can work with their doctors to get the medical care they need in most situations.
  • The AAA is supported by: Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund; Planned Parenthood in Northern New England; Equality Health Center; Loving Health Center; Manchester Reproductive Services; NH Section District | American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; NH Medical Society; NH Academy of General Practitioners; American Academy of Pediatrics – NH Chapter; American College of Physicians – NH Chapter; New Hampshire’s Reproductive Freedom Fund; Kent Street Coalition; New Hampshire Women’s Foundation; ACLU of New Hampshire; 603 equality; National Association of Social Workers, NH Chapter; New Futures; 603 forward; enhance NH; MothersRising New Hampshire; loose new england; GLBTQ Attorneys & Defense Attorneys; Rights & Democracy; progress of granite condition; Unitarian Universalist Action NH; coast direct; Black Lives Matter coast

Other legislation tabled in 2023:

  • HB 271: This bill would completely repeal the current abortion ban in New Hampshire. Currently, state law prohibits abortion at or after 24 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest.
  • HB 224: This law would repeal the criminal and civil penalties of the New Hampshire ban on abortion. Currently, the law criminalizes doctors for their work and threatens service providers with a felony and imprisonment. It also allows maternal grandparents to sue the service provider.
  • CACR 2: This constitutional amendment would enshrine reproductive rights in the New Hampshire state constitution and grant reproductive autonomy to all Granite Staters.
  • HB 346: This so-called “live born” law harms grieving families and criminalizes physicians for hospice care of infants. This bill aims to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. Born infants are already protected under New Hampshire criminal law. However, this law would dictate the standard of care in any complicated circumstance involving premature babies or fatal fetal diagnoses, and would affect a family’s ability to decide how to spend the last hours or days with their babies before they die.
  • HB 562: This law provides a 24-hour waiting period for all patients seeking an abortion in New Hampshire. Additionally, the NH Department of Health and Human Services would need to develop politicized written materials that providers would need to hand out to patients, regardless of medical accuracy.
  • HB 591: This bill will ban abortion for around 6 weeks with virtually no exceptions and would effectively be a near total abortion ban.

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