An attempt to get rid of a New Hampshire law that requires women to be provided with an ultrasound of her unborn baby before an abortion failed Thursday in the state House.
The pro-life measure passed last year along with a ban on late-term abortions after 24 weeks. Prior to the legislation, New Hampshire had very few restrictions on the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
WMUR News 9 reports Democrats in the state House hope to repeal the ultrasound requirement this year after Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican with a mixed record on abortion, suggested that he would support its repeal.
On Thursday, however, House Republican leaders tabled the repeal measure, according to the report. Whether lawmakers will try to resurrect it later this year is uncertain.
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Here’s more from the local news:
… it’s possible the shelving of the bill was a move to try to salvage the legislation. House Speaker Sherman Packard might have been prepared to rule the ultrasound repeal amendment non-germane to the underlying bill, shooting it down before it could even have a chance at passing.
The speaker later said he would have ruled the amendment non-germane and explained why he didn’t announce his intentions earlier.
Almost all abortion facilities perform ultrasounds before abortions to determine the unborn baby’s gestational age and check for potential complications, such as an ectopic pregnancy. However, many women say they were denied the opportunity to see their unborn baby’s ultrasound before their abortions.
Ultrasound requirement laws ensure women have the opportunity to see their unborn baby’s ultrasound before going through with the abortion. In many cases, seeing their unborn baby’s image prompts women to change their minds about the abortion. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 28 states have ultrasound requirements for abortions.
New Hampshire does not keep track of abortion numbers, so no one knows how many unborn babies are aborted in the state annually.
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