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 12 months of a 24-week ban signifies new help for even stricter abortion restrictions.
And one among them, Rep. Walter Stapleton, a Claremont Republican, mentioned he may 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 lady finish her being pregnant.
“I don’t see any downside with it,” Stapleton mentioned.
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 battle even earlier than Gov. Chris Sununu signed the 24-week ban in June and mentioned that opposition has grow to be extra pressing in gentle 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 Ladies’s Rights Basis, referred to as the Texas legislation a “wake-up name.” And Kayla Montgomery of Deliberate Parenthood of Northern New England mentioned 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 felony 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 reduce out for us right here in New Hampshire and throughout our nation,” Montgomery mentioned. “We’re going to battle at each degree from metropolis council all the best way up. It is a battle 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 mentioned in an electronic mail: “The governor wouldn’t signal a invoice additional limiting 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 12 months 194-91, primarily alongside occasion strains. Testerman mentioned Tuesday that he intends to reintroduce the laws however isn’t able to help permitting residents to implement it with lawsuits as they will in Texas.
“One half that I’m a bit of bit hesitant on is making all people a vigilante,” he mentioned. “I’d have some issue with that.” He additionally has issue with the brand new 24-week ban.
“I feel that was most likely a compromise for some folks,” he mentioned. “I can help it as a result of it’s one thing. However I feel fetal murder is breaking the legislation, and I feel 24 weeks wasn’t sufficient.”
Whether or not extra restrictive abortion laws would succeed subsequent 12 months is unsure.
Rep. Jim Creighton, an Antrim Republican who co-sponsored this 12 months’s laws banning using public cash for abortions, mentioned Tuesday he hasn’t studied the brand new Texas legislation but additionally doesn’t see a must. “I feel what we handed banning state funding to pay for abortions and the 24-week piece have been acceptable,” he mentioned. “I feel for the state of New Hampshire, that’s proper. That’s what we should always deal with.”
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 feel 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 mentioned.
Requested if he would vote for a six-week ban, Edwards mentioned, “I wish to preserve consideration on the 24-week ban, and that’s what we selected.”