House approves bills for 24-hour abortion waiting period, partial-birth abortion ban
And in a later vote, lawmakers passed a bill that would outlaw ';partial birth'; and third-term abortions.
By a vote of 189-151, the House approved House Bill 1659, which supporters of the bill say would provide women ';informed consent'; so that they understand the implications and risk of having an abortion.
Opponents say the bill would obligate the state to spend more than $100,000 a year to produce information that is unsound and is meant to support a pro-life point of view.
HB 1659 was the first of three abortion-related measures the House considered today.
The House also passed a bill that would outlaw ';partial birth'; and third-term abortions.
Representatives voted 224 -110 today in favor of House Bill 1679. Supporters of the bill say such abortions are cruel and inhumane, due in part to a fetus' ability to feel pain. They say the bill would bring the state in line with other states that have banned the procedure.
Opponents say ';partial birth'; is not a medically recognized term, and that the bill is unnecessary, since the procedure is not performed in New Hampshire.
The House also approved HB 1723, making a change to the parental-consent law for minors seeking abortions, extending the 48-hour time period for the judicial process to be resolved to two business days.
All of the bills now go to the Senate.