Tracking N.H. General Court’s 2018 Votes and Preparing for Next Election

As April draws to a close, most of 2018’s life-issue bills in Concord have been settled one way or another. Below, you’ll find links to the votes so you can see how each of your state representatives voted.

vote checkmarkAccountability isn’t the only reason to keep an eye on voting records. The filing period for next fall’s state elections runs from June 6 to June 15. That’s only a few weeks away. Have you ever thought of running for office, or encouraging a friend to do so? Has one of your state representatives decided not to run again? Does someone need a challenge who didn’t get one in 2016?

Pro-life reps are not in the majority in Concord. Maybe it’s your turn to enter the arena. Just a thought. The Secretary of State has a page with basic information about running for state office.

HB 1680, Viable Fetus Protection Act

The House voted to table this bill that would have restricted, not banned, abortions on viable human fetuses. The roll call vote on the motion to table was 170-163. Voting to table the bill meant voting to shut off discussion. I’m grateful to my reps who voted “Nay” and were willing to let debate continue.

HB 1787, Conscience Rights for Medical Professionals

By an appalling 2-1 margin, the House voted “inexpedient to legislate” on this conscience-rights measure. The vote was 218-109 on the ITL motion. The Nays were from legislators willing to respect the right of health care workers not to participate in procedures to which the workers are conscientiously opposed.

HB 1721, Banning Coercive Abortions

By an even more lopsided margin than for the conscience bill, the House killed this bill to prevent coercive abortions. The vote was 237-100 on an “inexpedient to legislate” motion.   The Nays came from pro-life reps harboring some skepticism about abortion providers’ assurances that the bill was “unnecessary.”

HB 471, Abortion Statistics

Even after being held over from 2017’s session to give a committee time to examine the bill more closely, an abortion statistics measure was killed on a 200-154 “inexpedient to legislate” motion. The pro-life, pro-health vote was Nay.

HB 1707, Abortion Information Act

There was no vote on this measure to strengthen informed consent protections for women seeking abortion. It was referred for Interim Study on a voice vote. Bye-bye, HB 1707.

SB 593, Death Penalty Repeal

This is still a topic of heated dispute even among voters who affirm the right to life in every other circumstance, as a glance at Facebook reminds me. I’m happy that this year’s repeal effort passed both House (223-116) and Senate (14-10). Governor Sununu wants to veto the measure. I hope he’s open to persuasion.

Why no other Senate votes? Because the other life-issue legislation was killed in the House.

(I’ll update this post later with a list of reps whose recorded votes on all five of the bills made me cheer.)

Author: Ellen Kolb

New Hampshire-based writer, pro-life activist, hiker.