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Bill on the way to governor that would ensure there are “no more incidents of teachers aiding children to get abortions” in New Hampshire

by | Jun 20, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

On Tuesday we reposted a story written by Cassy Fiano-Chesser which is unusual but, alas, still too common. Her lead read “An investigation has found that a public school teacher in New Hampshire was fired after requesting sick leave, during which the teacher actually took a student to get an abortion.”

Rep. Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro) serves on the New Hampshire House Education Committee. Writing for the New Hampshire Journal  on Tuesday, Rep Cordelli said that

Parents who I have talked with are shocked, and they should be shocked. But should we be shocked really? After all, despite repeated attempts to pass legislation to support parents, legislation has been blocked by Democrats and many in the education establishment.

Even though “in the past two years, legislation on parent’s rights has twice been defeated,” as was a “constitutional amendment that said ‘parents have a fundamental right and responsibility to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their minor children’” (it “did not get sufficient votes in the New Hampshire House to send it to the voters”), there is a “glimmer of hope.”

HB1312 has passed the House and Senate “and is headed to the Governor, hopefully, for his signature,” Cordelli writes. “HB1312 will be just the first step in making sure that there will be no more incidents of teachers aiding children to get abortions.”

The bill states in part: “A school district may not adopt policies, procedures or student support forms that prohibit school district personnel from answering questions from a parent about his or her student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being, sexuality, or a change in related services or monitoring, or that encourage or have the effect of encouraging a student to withhold from a parent such information.”

Rep. Kristine Perez of Londonderry ushered HB1312’s passage through the legislature.

Perez and I have already discussed follow-up legislation (if re-elected) for next year that will provide criminal penalties for any teacher repeating this shameful act of taking a student for an abortion. But we need to go beyond just teachers. We will state that no adult can “traffic” an unemancipated minor child to get an abortion while concealing it from their parents.

He concluded

This really is not an abortion issue. It is about trafficking children and usurping parent’s rights. This will be a priority for Rep. Perez and myself next year.

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