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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