Proponents are trying to overturn the law stopping abortions after 24 weeks

Published: 01/19/2023 16:21:07

Modified: 01/19/2023 16:20:50

On Thursday morning, the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund and other reproductive rights supporters held an event in the lobby of the New Hampshire Legislative Office Building to advocate for the Access to Abortion Care Act.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade, attendees at the event explained that America was in chaos because the Roe v. Wade’s provided access protections for abortions have been replaced by a patchwork of abortion laws in the United States now that it’s toppled.

Advocates have expressed concern that New Hampshire’s law, which currently bans abortions 24 weeks after conception, is a springboard for more restrictive abortion laws, as some other states with less access to abortion services started 24-week laws and New Hampshire did that only new one is England state with no explicit protection for abortion.

Sen. Rebecca Perkins-Kwoka (D-Portsmouth), one of the bill’s co-sponsors, said action was now needed to protect access to reproductive care now that Roe is gone, something that action on comparable versions This legislation has delayed Legislative Sessions in the past.

“When we discussed this legislation at the last session, some of my colleagues said we would have to wait for the Supreme Court to give its opinion before acting. For many, a world without Roe seemed impossible. For many more, the notion that abortion could never be illegal seemed impossible,” Kwoka said. “I would say look at the devastating effects that have come. This decision has already seen millions lose their rights in the blink of an eye across the country. I, for one, am not willing to wait any longer.”

Other concerns included civil and criminal penalties that could reduce the number of doctors willing to provide reproductive health services and attacks on reproductive education services that could cause confusion and concern.

Kayla Montgomery, vice president of public affairs for the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund, said opponents of reproductive rights are trying to sow “despair and darkness” around access to abortion and other reproductive health services. She is confident that this law can be passed amid opposition to abortion bans across the country.

“Abortion is essential. point,” she said.

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