A New Hampshire bill that would prosecute doctors as felons if they don’t lie to women and tell them that having an abortion increases their risk of developing breast cancer is getting a second look. Kind of.
A House criminal justice committee voted 8-7 voted Tuesday to recommend removing the Class A felony provision from the bill which would have doctors facing 15 years in prison if they refused to disseminate medically inaccurate information to women.
The House had just voted last week to send the bill to the Senate but then voted to reconsider and sent it to its Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee because of the penalties involved.
So while Republicans became reluctant to prosecute doctors and put them in prison, there are still plenty of bad provisions left. Violators would still be open to malpractice lawsuits or disciplinary action and the bill has other criminal penalties that, once again, show the right’s intent to criminalize as a means of controlling reproduction.
The bill also imposes a 24-hour waiting period between a consultation and the procedure.
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