It’s been a year now since Chris Sununu professed his pro-choice (sic) bona fides by stating in a gubernatorial campaign ad that he “took on [his] own party” on women’s health, meaning he voted to hand New Hampshire state contracts to abortion providers. A strange ad, that one. (I dissected it in “Observing a Republican ‘Take On’ His Party.“)
A few days later, after private conversations with the candidate, veteran pro-life activist and former GOP gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne released a letter from Sununu listing pro-life measures Sununu would support. Sununu went on to win the election. with a plurality instead of a majority.
One Down, Four to Go
Now that Governor Sununu has been in office for the better part of a year, how much progress has been made on those pro-life measures in 2017?
Fetal Homicide: Sununu signed “Sarah and Griffin’s Law” in June.
Women’s Health Protection Act (abortion facility regulations): no such bill was introduced this year.
Healthcare Freedom of Conscience: no bill this year, but one is in the works for 2018. Ten co-sponsors have signed on so far.
Late Term Abortion Ban: The New Hampshire House tabled Rep. Keith Murphy’s bill to limit post-viability abortions. Expect another bill along these lines in 2018.
Buffer Zone Repeal: The House rejected a repeal bill for the third time.
What About Statistics?
Governor Sununu’s pre-election letter did not mention abortion statistics, but there’s a stats bill in the works that may yet come to his desk. The House will vote in January on a committee recommendation of Ought to Pass with Amendment on HB 471.
I wonder if a little quiet support from the corner office could make a difference as the bill moves through House and then Senate.