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'Women's right-to-know' bill fails in House

CONCORD - The House Wednesday failed to muster enough votes to take action on a bill requiring doctors to give women specific information when they seek an abortion.

The House failed to approve House Bill 1659 on a 164-181 vote, then failed to kill it on a 170-179 vote before finally putting off action on the bill. The House must act on the bill by Thursday, which is Crossover Day, the deadline for all bills from the House to go to the Senate, or the bill will require a two-thirds vote to pass.

The 'Women's right-to-know' law requires a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can have an abortion.

Two weeks earlier, the House voted 189-151 to approve the bill but sent it to a committee to review the criminal penalties against doctors.

The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee removed many of the criminal penalties from the bill.

Supporters said the bill would give New Hampshire women the information they need before having an abortion, but opponents called it demeaning for women and would require that doctors provide patients with inaccurate information that contradicts medical standards.

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