A six-week abortion ban, much like the one that’s now legislation in Texas, didn’t make it out of the Democratic-controlled New Hampshire Home in 2020. Its sponsors say they’ll refile it, hopeful the passage this yr of a 24-week ban signifies new assist for even stricter abortion restrictions.
And one among them, Rep. Walter Stapleton, a Claremont Republican, stated he might additionally again a second piece of Texas’s legislation that rewards United States residents $10,000 and legal professional’s charges in the event that they sue an abortion supplier and others who assist a girl finish her being pregnant.
“I don’t see any drawback with it,” Stapleton stated.
Home members can’t file proposed laws for the 2022 session till subsequent week, and senators should wait till October. Abortion rights advocates aren’t ready. They started mounting a combat even earlier than Gov. Chris Sununu signed the 24-week ban in June and stated that opposition has turn into extra pressing in mild of the Texas legislation, which took impact this month.
In a Zoom roundtable with Congressman Chris Pappas Tuesday, Tanna Clews, chief govt officer of the New Hampshire Girls’s Rights Basis, referred to as the Texas legislation a “wake-up name.” And Kayla Montgomery of Deliberate Parenthood of Northern New England stated that group goals to defeat new abortion restrictions and repeal the 24-week ban, which requires ultrasounds earlier than abortions at any stage and imposes prison penalties towards abortion suppliers. The legislation additionally permits the mom, the daddy of the fetus (if the daddy is married to the mom), and the mom’s dad and mom (if she is below 18) to file a lawsuit for bodily and psychological accidents, however the legislation doesn’t say towards whom.
“It’s very clear that we now have our work minimize out for us right here in New Hampshire and throughout our nation,” Montgomery stated. “We’re going to combat at each stage from metropolis council all the best way up. This can be a combat that’s removed from over, as we’ve seen.”
Requested whether or not Sununu would signal an abortion legislation much like the one handed in Texas, spokesman Ben Vihstadt stated in an electronic mail: “The governor wouldn’t signal a invoice additional proscribing abortions or overturning Roe. v. Wade. He’s a pro-choice governor, who like many Granite Staters opposes late-term abortions in months seven, eight, and 9 of a being pregnant.”
The proposed six-week ban filed in 2020 by Stapleton and Rep. Dave Testerman, a Franklin Republican, was voted inexpedient to legislate that yr 194-91, primarily alongside occasion strains. Testerman stated Tuesday that he intends to reintroduce the laws however isn’t able to assist permitting residents to implement it with lawsuits as they’ll in Texas.
“One half that I’m somewhat bit hesitant on is making all people a vigilante,” he stated. “I might have some problem with that.” He additionally has problem with the brand new 24-week ban.
“I believe that was most likely a compromise for some individuals,” he stated. “I can assist it as a result of it’s one thing. However I believe fetal murder is breaking the legislation, and I believe 24 weeks wasn’t sufficient.”
Whether or not extra restrictive abortion laws would succeed subsequent yr is unsure.
Rep. Jim Creighton, an Antrim Republican who co-sponsored this yr’s laws banning using public cash for abortions, stated Tuesday he hasn’t studied the brand new Texas legislation but additionally doesn’t see a have to. “I believe what we handed banning state funding to pay for abortions and the 24-week piece have been acceptable,” he stated. “I believe for the state of New Hampshire, that’s proper. That’s what we should always give attention to.”
Rep. Jess Edwards, an Auburn Republican who negotiated the Home’s place on abortion restrictions with the Senate, additionally thinks a ban at 24 weeks is acceptable for New Hampshire. He accused opponents of utilizing the Texas legislation to boost confusion concerning the limits of New Hampshire’s restrictions.
“I believe they’re doing a grave injustice by going round and saying that we’ve eradicated selection in New Hampshire and making it sound like we handed a Texas-style ban,” he stated.
Requested if he would vote for a six-week ban, Edwards stated, “I need to hold consideration on the 24-week ban, and that’s what we selected.”