Legislative Update 05/09/22

Note: HB 1625, the critical repeal of the unconstitutional so-called “buffer zone” is the one bill we can positively impact this week. Please take a moment to read our summary below and contact Governor Sununu to urge him not to veto the bill and uphold his promise to the voters of New Hampshire.

HB 1625, repealing the prohibition on entering or remaining on a public way or sidewalk adjacent to a reproductive health care facility

This past Thursday, the NH Senate passed HB 1625 by a narrow margin of 12-11. This decision followed a number of attempts by Senate Democrats to add various pro-abortion amendments to the bill, all of which failed by a narrow margin. Senator Erin Hennessey (R-Littleton) voted against the bill and Senator John Reagan (R-Deerfield) did not vote.

HB 1625 will repeal New Hampshire’s unconstitutional “buffer zone” law, which allows abortion clinics to ban people from engaging in speech or silent prayer on sidewalks outside of abortion clinics.

The bill is now headed to the Governor’s desk. In 2016, just before he was first elected Governor, Sununu pledged in a letter to repeal the buffer zone law. This was one of five key promises he made to pro-life Granite Staters to win their support. We hope he will stand by his word. Please reach out to the Governor to remind him of his promise to the pro-life citizens of New Hampshire and ask that he sign HB 1625.

The Governor can be reached at 603-271-2121 or 603-271-7676.

Update on SB 399, relative to certain provisions of the fetal life protection act requiring an ultrasound examination

This past Thursday, the NH House of Representatives voted to table SB 399. This bill, originally a bill intended to destroy the Fetal Life Protection Act, had been amended to simply clarify the law’s narrow ultrasound requirement. However, spurred on by the US Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion concerning Roe v. Wade, Democrats sought to transform the bill through a floor amendment, turning it into a codification of abortion rights in New Hampshire. Fortunately, thanks to the diligence and attention of many Republican lawmakers, the amendment did not pass.

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