Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Passes Critical Fixes to 24-Week Abortion Ban

April 14, 2022

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3375

Email:marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us


CONCORD – Today, in a unanimous vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee adopted HB 1609 which, as amended, adds a critical exception for fatal fetal diagnoses to the state’s 24-week abortion ban and removes the requirement that everyone seeking an abortion must first undergo an ultrasound, even when not determined to be medically necessary by a health care provider.


After the vote, Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) issued the following statement:


“While I firmly believe that Governor Sununu’s abortion ban needs to be repealed in its entirety, I am proud of today’s bipartisan vote to mitigate the harm already being caused to Granite State families by the abortion ban. There is nothing more powerful than the personal stories of Granite Staters. I am deeply grateful to the brave individuals who shared stories of the most difficult times in their lives to give the Legislature insight into the unique nature of each and every pregnancy.”

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