Last week, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed a two-year budget package that includes a ban on late-term abortions and an ultrasound requirement before an abortion is carried out.
HB2, which was attached to the budget, outlined that state funding could not be given to an abortion facility, and that abortions committed after 24 weeks gestation would be banned. It also mandates that abortionists perform an ultrasound before committing an abortion, with the goal of properly diagnosing the preborn child’s gestational age. The woman would not be required to view the ultrasound image.
An abortionist not following these laws could face a class B felony and a fine ranging between $10,000 and $100,000. The abortionist can also be sued for civil damages by an aborted child’s mother, father, and maternal grandparents (if the mother is a minor). As is typical, the law contains no penalties for a preborn child’s mother.
In a statement, Sununu praised the budget package, saying, “Historic tax cuts, property tax relief, and Paid Family Medical Leave delivered all in one sweeping action is a win for every citizen and family in this state.”
Likewise, State Senator Sharon Carson criticized the state for its virtually unrestricted abortion laws and said that New Hampshire needs to catch up to the rest of the United States. “We are only one of seven states in this country that does not put any kind of a limit on abortions,” she said. “Forty-three states in this country have agreed that at some point you have to consider the life of the infant.”
Yet abortion-supporting politicians slammed Sununu for signing the budget package, specifically due to the inclusion of abortion restrictions. “Governor Sununu now has the unique dishonor of passing an abortion ban and forcing New Hampshire women to undergo mandatory ultrasounds,” New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley said in a statement. “This anti-choice budget is already so unpopular with Granite Staters that the governor signed it on a Friday afternoon.”
Though Buckley insinuated voters would hate these pro-life restrictions on abortion, surveys of American’s opinions on abortion have long found otherwise. Polling has consistently found that Americans overwhelmingly believe abortion should be restricted to the first trimester, and support common-sense restrictions, such as parental consent and informed consent laws. Only seven percent (7%) of Americans have been found to support completely unrestricted, taxpayer-funded abortion.
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