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New Hampshire Goes Abortion Bill Crazy

New Hampshire Goes Abortion Bill Crazy

New Hampshire House Republicans advanced even more restrictive anti-abortion bills, voting to pass an “informed consent” bill, a 24 hour wait period prior to an abortion and a 20 week “fetal pain” ban, making it a busy legislative session for anti-abortion forces.

The legislation mirrored a model bill drafted by anti-choice activist group Americans United for Life and has resulted in 31 other states passing similar bills. The New Hampshire bill though passed only after some key and extremely controversial provisions were stripped from the model legislation. The original bill was supposed to tell women that abortion causes breast cancer and force women to watch a video of fetal development prior to the termination of her pregnancy.

The portion of the bill that would require the state create a video and other materials to show fetal development was estimated to cost the state at least $100,000 a year to create.

The abortion-breast cancer link is especially dangerous because the only science that supports that link comes from anti-choice advocates. But that didn’t seem to bother the bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Jeanine Notter. “This is model legislation from Americans [United] for Life,” she said. “Does abortion increase the risk of breast cancer? It depends on the study (you believe.) Women should know about the risk.”

Like ALEC, the other activist group writing model legislation pushed by the conservative right, the AUL model legislation is not designed to serve the needs of constituents, but instead to satisfy the group’s own agenda. It’s a perversion of our democratic system and one that needs to stop.

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8:48PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

If more women don't realize that their rights are speedily being taken away by the narrow minded politicians and don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when they will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of your VOTE and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights.

6:53AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Redgie H.: --- Glad you got my "sarcasm". I'm not a man-hater by any means. But the wrong actions of the "right" are enough to cause women to get a little extreme. The priority here is women's reproductive rights, but right up there in importance are all our other rights that are in jeopardy. And bad things that happen to women, including not being able to work outside the home or to limit the size of their families DOES ultimately affect men, as you are wise enough to realize.

5:32AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Thanks for the article.

11:53PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

And speaking of "Choice," here's one for ya.....CUT OFF THE PENIS AT BIRTH!

7:26PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

I'm getting more and more furious!!! Abortion is legal. And nobody's business except the woman having one! These right to lifers don't have to have one, but they have no right to tell me what I may do with my body! Women, speak out! We have to go public, speak publicly, and force them to crawl back into their caves!

2:08PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

@Kaitlyn M

In what universe does a fetus liquify and then get expelled from the body through the urinary system? Also, genitalia in infants doesn't begin differentiating until the 11th week. Do you know anything about the human body?

I'm all for debating the topic with people who understand the topic and can speak from a reasonable place, but your claims are completely unfounded and merely serving to perpetuate fear.

11:57AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

@Kaitlyn

"utopic" pregnancies? Fetuses being liquefied in the uterus and then somehow being eliminated with urine (you put it more colorfully, but I'll refrain as most of us are trying to have an adult conversation)... Wow! You've really researched this thoroughly, haven't you? Really, you should work on your information, it'll help with the credibility.

I don't think anybody here is advocating "careless and free" sex, followed by abortions whenever nature takes its natural course. But what if you don't want children, take precautions and then get pregnant anyway? Should you be forced to go through with the pregnancy just because your birth control method wasn't 100% effective (none of them are, BTW, except for hysterectomy, and that's not advisable in most cases). I respect life, but having to carry out a pregnancy I did not want seems a little extreme. I know I wouldn't want that. What about the life of the "mother"?

11:32AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Cheryl L,
Its not that there isn't a certain appeal to the idea of having a couple of naked slaves around to do my housework and... ummm... additional duties as required. But I sure as hell don't want my wife limited to that capacity! Hello? Real world, real people? I wonder how any man with a daughter can support this kind of crap, and then I flash back to the image of Dick Cheney's family sitting in the audience as he throws homosexuals under the bus, and my trolley just kind of goes off its rails...

8:13AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Banning abortions will not end them. Instead of being performed in doctor's offices by trained professionals with access to emergency care if needed they will be done by strangers in back bedrooms in non-descript houses in the suburbs. How dangerous and scary that must be. And some commenters here think abortion should be banned because some women might feel regret and sorrow over a non-baby that never was!!

And then there are commenters like Kaitlyn M. who posted fact-free comments to bolster her anti-abortion stance. But if read her last couple sentences it appears that she cares much more about her own opinions than about the health and well-being of women and children.

5:58AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

re. Kaitlyn M;

"abortion is.......Not for sluts and women who dont know how to take precautions or are just lazy."

So, there you have it folks, Pregnancy As Punishment - the real Repug/Tea party agenda.

Have known it for ages, but always good to have it spelled out. So thoughtful and humane!!!



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