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New Hampshire Senate joins House in rejecting move to enshrine abortion in the state constitution

by | Feb 16, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

Chalk one up for the good guys. On Thursday, the New Hampshire Senate, following action last week by the House, rejected an attempt to enshrine abortion in the state Constitution 14-9.

“State law prohibits abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy except when the mother’s health or life is in danger or there is a fatal fetal anomaly,” according to Holly Ramer

The House earlier this month “voted 193-184 in favor of a constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights up to that threshold [ostensibly 24 weeks], short of the three-fifths majority  needed to advance the proposal,” Ramer wrote.

“‘Necessary’ could allow an abortion to be performed right up until birth simply because the woman wanted one and a doctor felt it was necessary to honor that wish,” State Rep. Katelyn Kuttab said.

On Thursday, “the Republican-led Senate rejected a similar measure outright, voting 14-9 along party lines against a more broadly worded proposal to add language to the constitution protecting ‘personal reproductive autonomy.’”

Critics said the bill would essentially allow unlimited abortions up to birth because language in it allowing “medically necessary” abortions would essentially allow anything to be defined as medically necessary – making it so all abortions up to birth would be allowed under the amendment.

“The Senate Republican majority opposed the constitutional amendment, saying it would go far beyond what the people wanted,” according to Adam Sexton.

“It sweeps away everything that we have voted,” said state Sen. Regina Birdsell. “It would allow abortion up until the moment of birth, with absolutely no restriction.”

State Rep. Robert Lynn said, “There simply is no threat to abortion rights in this state.”

Categories: State Legislation