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Partial birth abortion ban becomes law

CONCORD &#-; The Legislature has passed a ban on partial birth abortions, overriding the governor's veto of the bill, House Bill 1679.

The House voted 240-118 to override the veto and the Senate voted 18-5.

Supporters of the bill said it would bar late-term abortions, whereas opponents noted the procedure is already banned under federal law.

Following the vote, House Speaker William O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, said in a statement: "The American Medical Association has said there is never a medical necessity for partial birth abortion. It's a heinous procedure and it is unfathomable that Governor Lynch would veto this responsible bill."

In his veto message, Lynch said he was concerned the bill could limit treatment for pregnant women in emergency situations. "The added requirement for a documented referral from a second, non-affiliated physician could have serious consequences in emergency situations," Lynch wrote.

The bill is the only one of several abortion related measures proposed this session to become law.

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