Two years ago today, I took note of a remark by a New Hampshire state representative expressing optimism over the prospects for passage of a bill to require collection of abortion statistics. (See “Putting Down a Marker for Women’s Health“, 3/3/14.) How’s that going?
We’re still waiting – but a stats bill is very much alive, awaiting Senate action.
The bill that was under consideration two years ago morphed into a study committee that met during the summer and fall of 2014. The committee’s findings led to HB 629 being introduced in January 2015. After months of yet more study, the House approved HB 629 on a voice vote on January 6.
The final House committee report on HB 629 was brief: “As amended, this bill provides statistical information that brings New Hampshire in line with 48 other states. The committee took care to be sure the identity of the patient is confidential and follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols. All stakeholders agreed to the final version of the bill.”
Next stop: the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. No hearing date has been set.
Will this be the year that New Hampshire finally joins most of its sister states in tracking abortions? Stay tuned. I hope that the next time the anniversary of the “Putting Down a Marker” post rolls around, the only thing I’ll need to write is “done.”