The New Hampshire House today passed a bill to establish a state abortion-statistics collection program. The bill will be scheduled for Senate action at a later date.
The bill, HB 629, was introduced a year ago and was studied by a House subcommittee last summer and fall. The bill was amended by the subcommittee, adopted by the full Health Human Services and Elderly Affairs committee on a 12-1 bipartisan vote, and placed on the consent calendar for today’s 2016 opening session in the House. Passage came on a voice vote.
The original bill had bipartisan support from eleven co-sponsors, led by Rep. Kathleen Souza (R-Manchester). The amendment adopted today was presented by Reps. Bill Nelson (R-Brookfield) and Thomas Sherman (D-Rye). Nelson reported on behalf of the subcommittee, “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.”
Related post on an earlier stats bill, 2014: “Putting down a marker for women’s health.”