New Hampshire House kills bill protecting women from forced abortions

New Hampshire House kills bill protecting women from forced abortions

[Ed. – Any abortion regulation is a bad abortion regulation to abortion activists, even ones that protect women from forced and coerced abortions.]

Lawmakers barely debated three attempts to further restrict abortion in New Hampshire on Wednesday, quickly killing one bill and delaying final action on two others.

The House voted 237-100 to kill a measure that would have required screening of women for evidence of coercion before abortions are performed. Supporters have said it would protect vulnerable women, particularly those exploited in the sex trafficking trade.

“The choice to have an abortion should be a free and informed choice and should not be coerced,” said Rep. Kurt Wuelper, R-Strafford.

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Opponents said it would target medical providers rather than those doing the coercing.

“I also know this bill would add undue burden to women seeking a presently legal medical procedure,” said Rep. Joseph Hagen, R-Chester.

The House also voted to table a bill that would ban abortion after viability of the fetus, except in cases that pose significant risk to the life or health of the mother. Rep. Dan Eaton, D-Stoddard, said the bill posed many constitutional issues that would not be resolved by any of several amendments others planned to propose.

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