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House kills attempt to license abortion clinics
The bill required a six-month “provisional license” and then annual renewal. It also required the state Department of Health and Human Services to establish “minimum standards” for each facility in a wide range of areas.
House Bill 1502 would have required each abortion clinic to issue a report to the state on each procedure within five days of the procedure being performed. The House voted 188-80 to study the bill.
She said that as a restaurant owner, her business is heavily regulated, as are hospitals and other health facilities, as well as beauty parlors, bakeries and even pet-grooming businesses.
Rep. Jeanine Notter, R-Merrimack, said a facility must be licensed to “trim someone’s bangs, but not perform abortions.”
He said abortion has a “serious complication rate” of a half of a percent.
Noting a unanimous committee vote against the bill, he said, “We all understood that whatever their feelings are, this bill would single out a procedure and apply an unprecedented level of regulation not supported” by clinical data or evidence.
Noting that New Hampshire is among only three states that do not collect such data, she said, “You can look up any medical statistics on any medical procedure, with the exception of one.”
Rep. Kathleen Souza, R-Manchester, said, “Right now, we have no information on why women choose abortions, which women choose abortions, what age they are getting abortions and at what education level, from what part of the state.
But Rep. James MacKay, D-Concord, said the bill as written would “violate the privacy and confidentiality rights of these patients.”
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