North Country News
7:44 am
Fri March 30, 2012

NH House Votes to Ban Abortion after 20 Weeks

The New Hampshire House has voted to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports...

The bill also would make it a felony for a provider, punishable by up to 15 years in prison for violating the proposed law. No penalty could be assessed against the mother.

Laura Thibault, interim executive director of the local NARAL Pro-Choice America group, says no elective abortions are provided in New Hampshire now beyond 20 weeks.

The bill exempts abortions to save the mother's life or avert the serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function. The bill also exempts abortions to save the life of the fetus.

NARAL says six states have bans in place for abortions beyond 20 weeks and nine, including New Hampshire, introduced bills this year.

I'm Pat Bradley, WAMC News. 

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