CloseUp: New abortion laws take effect in New Hampshire
In case you missed it, Kayla Montgomery, VP of Public Policy at Planned Parenthood Northern New England, was on WMUR’s CloseUp to discuss Governor Sununu's abortion ban that went into effect at the beginning of the new year.
The ban, which is the most restrictive abortion ban New Hampshire has seen in modern history, includes criminal penalties for medical professionals, an invasive ultrasound mandate, and no exceptions due to rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomaly.
“Back in June, Governor Sununu signed the two-year state budget and touch within the state budget was an abortion ban the first in modern New Hampshire history. And what is particularly cruel about this is that it has no exceptions.”
“There is no exceptions when it comes to cases of rape or incest, or even fatal fetal diagnoses, and it criminalizes doctors for simply doing their job and working with their patients to get them the health care that they need.”
“Furthermore, this mandatory ultrasound requirement, which is required at all stages of pregnancy, is a law that dictates how providers deliver care anyway that simply isn’t consistent with best medical practices. The bottom line here is that polling shows that this really flies in the face of Granite State values where we value privacy particularly when it comes to reproductive freedoms.”
“Why is New Hampshire, a place with some of the best doctors in the world, why are we saying that these patients who really are desperate for this critical care, why are we sending them out of state? People in these situations should be greeted with compassion, not stigma and shame. Which is what this abortion ban does. We know that pregnancy is not one-size-fits-all, and an abortion ban simply does not work for the realities of pregnancy.”
“These families deserve compassion and support. This ban makes it harder for people to come out and tell their story when they are greeted by a society that judges them for simply getting the health care that they need in these really dangerous and complicated situations.”