As we predicted, efforts to gut or eliminate New Hampshire’s historic Fetal Life Protection Act, which protects the lives of children after 24 weeks, or 6 months, are quickly advancing through the legislature.
Two of those efforts, House Bill 1609 and Senate Bill 399, are being taken up in committee this week. House Bill 1609 will be taken up on Tuesday, January 18th, and Senate Bill 399 will be taken up on Wednesday, January 19th. While they take a different approach, both bills entirely strip these hard-won protections for defenseless humans weeks from birth. Right now is the time to sign in and register your opposition to both bills and to consider testifying. Here is everything you need to know.
Tuesday, January 18th, at 9:50 am: HB 1609-FN will have a hearing before the House Health and Human Services Committee. HB 1609, incredibly sponsored by six Republicans, is especially insidious as it leaves a shell of the law while stripping out the ultrasound requirement, the only objective measure of gestational age. The resulting unenforceable law would be worse than nothing. HB 1609 also inserts additional exceptions, but these are little more than a distraction when compared with the devastating removal of the ultrasound provision.
Wednesday, January 19th, at 1 pm: SB 399-FN will have a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and may be voted on by the committee in executive session after the hearing. SB 399 is a direct repeal of the Fetal Life Protection Act.
How many babies could be protected in New Hampshire if either of these bills pass? Exactly zero. We’ve come too far to erase these new protections for the innocent who cannot speak for themselves.
Here’s what you can do right now.
1. Sign in and register your opposition to each bill. (You can do this immediately.)
To sign in for the House committee hearing, go here.
To sign in for the Senate committee hearing, go here.
2. Testify, especially if you fall under one of the following categories:
- A physician
- Someone who has a child or relative disabled since birth
- Post-abortive mother or father
- A pro-life woman of any age
Your testimony should be brief, clear, and relational as you might talk to your neighbor.
If you have questions about testifying, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to respond to your inquiries.
HB 1609 and SB 399 both need to be defeated. Numbers and voices count. Our experience has shown the abortion lobby is very effective in mobilizing those who will speak against any protections for the unborn. We know many in New Hampshire support common sense limits on abortion. It’s time we speak loud enough to be heard.