The new year has brought a new abortion restriction to the state of New Hampshire. The Fetal Life Protection Act went into effect on January 1, 2022, prohibiting abortion after 24 weeks except in cases where there is a risk to the mother’s health or life (though intentionally killing a preborn child is never medically necessary). There are no exceptions in the law for cases of rape, incest, or a poor prenatal diagnosis.
The Act was signed by Governor Chris Sununu as part of the state budget in June of this year and will also require an ultrasound prior to any abortion procedure. According to Boston 25 News, an abortionist who violates the law may face up to seven years in prison.
“There’s a lot of us in New Hampshire who believe that an unborn child is a person, and we have been working for those people’s human rights for a long time,” said Jason Hennessey, president of New Hampshire Right to Life.
Abortion advocates argue that ultrasounds are not medically necessary prior to an abortion, and are uncomfortable. “It has to be inserted and then moved around so they can get an accurate depiction of what is going on in a person’s uterus,” said Dalia Vidunas, executive director of Equality Health Center in Concord. For men who need clarity, “I’d ask, ‘How easy are your prostate exams?’ Is that comfortable? It’s like having your doctor in there checking your prostate for five minutes.” Vidunas seems to completely miss the fact that to undergo a surgical abortion, the abortionist would have to dilate the woman’s cervix and insert abortion instruments to pull out pieces of the baby. An ultrasound wand is certainly far less uncomfortable in comparison.
Ultrasound prior to abortion, however, has long been considered routine in order to determine gestational age, which informs the abortionist of the method to use and even the price to charge. More recently, the abortion industry has pushed for “no-test” chemical (abortion pill) abortions, which puts women more at risk. An ultrasound can ensure the woman is no more than 10 weeks pregnant and that she is not experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. Taking the abortion pill after 10 weeks increases the chance of an incomplete abortion, which could cause a serious infection and require a second abortion. When abortionists don’t administer ultrasound prior to an abortion, there is an increased risk of complications for the mother.
Children born at 24 weeks — and even as early as 21 weeks — are capable of surviving outside the womb when given proper medical care. It’s shocking and horrific that any hospital would abort preborn babies the same ages as the premature babies they are trying to save in a different part of the building.
In addition, there is no medical reason for abortion at any point during pregnancy, as doctors can perform an emergency C-section if a woman’s life is truly at risk. A preterm delivery is not an abortion if the intent is to save both lives. Doctors can attempt to save the lives of both mother and baby if the baby is born during a medical emergency after 21 weeks. The new law will ensure that babies capable of surviving outside the womb are not killed under the guise of health care.
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