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Update: abortion stats bill retained

New Hampshire House Bill 471, abortion statistics, has been retained in committee and will not get a vote in the full House until 2018.  This is a step sideways, but it keeps the bill alive.


A subcommittee is likely to work on the bill between now and January. I’ll watch for those work session dates.

This is 2015 all over again, when the last statistics bill (HB 629) was retained. A subcommittee assigned to work on the bill had six work sessions between May and October 2015. They produced what I thought was an improved bill that enjoyed bipartisan support. The full House passed the resulting version of HB 629 on a voice vote in January 2016.

Then the state Department of Health and Human Services got a new commissioner, who yanked the Department’s participation in crafting the bill. Planned Parenthood, whose representative had attended the work sessions (I know because I attended them as well), refused to support the amended bill. That was enough to prompt a pair of Republican senators to join ten Democrats in voting against HB 629. That tied the vote at 12-12 in the Senate in May 2016, and the bill then died after being tabled. 

That was then; this is now. Under House rules for retained bills, HB 471 must come back for a House vote next year. Last time around, the House did its job: careful study with involvement from a variety of stakeholders, yielding a bipartisan bill so strong it passed without debate. I expect no less from them this time with HB 471. The Senate will then have a chance to redeem itself from 2016’s fiasco.

Weekend Reading: choosing life in a challenging time

From  Texas Right to Life by way of lifenews.com:

Doctors Pressured Them to Abort Their Son, Who Had a Fatal Disease. They Said No and a Miracle Happened

“Last week Woodlands Church senior pastors and best-selling authors, Kerry and Chris Shook, shared an urgent prayer request on their Facebook page.  Their son Josh and his wife Kelli had learned that their preborn son suffers from a fatal kidney disease.  Doctors pressured Josh and Kelli to abort their son, whom they named Jude…As church members and friends read and shared the post thousands of times, prayers spread.  That’s when Kerry and Chris say a miracle occurred.  Doctors were able to offer hope for baby Jude.  The family was connected with specialists in Cincinatti, Ohio, who are developing research to treat Jude’s rare kidney disorder.”

Read the rest of the post.