Abortion Insurance Mandate On Its Way to Governor Sununu

The New Hampshire House voted today to concur with the Senate’s abortion insurance mandate. Following an administrative procedure known as enrollment, HB 685 will go to Governor Chris Sununu. He has not indicated whether he will sign or veto the measure.

The Governor’s office can be reached at (603) 271-2121. I’ll be asking for a veto of HB 685.

The House vote on concurrence was 196-132. I’ll provide a link to the roll call when it becomes available.

As previously reported, HB 685 was amended by the Senate to remove its original language on a different topic, replacing it with an abortion insurance mandate. The House violated its own rules (#45-b, if anyone asks) by taking up the amended bill at all, never mind concurring with the Senate’s changes.

If HB 685 becomes law, you will be helping to subsidize abortion if you are an insurance provider covered by the bill, if you are a business owner who offers health insurance as a benefit to employees under a policy covered by this bill, and if you are an individual paying premiums for a policy covered by this bill.

Conscience rights were dismissed by the House and Senate majorities when they voted on HB 685 as amended. Will the Governor take the same approach?

Earlier posts on HB 685: Second Abortion Insurance Mandate Bill Created in Rushed Process, House to Vote on Abortion Insurance Mandate

Governor Sununu, a Year After Controversial Ad

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

Gov. Chris Sununu signs “Sarah and Griffin’s Law,” 2017.

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.