House Republicans: Only parents can provide the proper love and guidance for their pregnant daughters

CONCORD, N.H.—In a brilliant rebuke of a radical Democratic executive, House Republicans backed by the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire stood for parents’ rights and common sense by voting to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would require children to let their parents know they’re pregnant before they can get an abortion.

“Clearly, this parental notification bill is a step in the right direction for parents’ rights in New Hampshire; it’s embarrassing that Gov. Lynch would take such a partisan stance in favor of a state-knows-best mentality,” said Andrew Hemingway, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “For too long, this governor and his party have disrespected the natural rights of parents to raise and direct their own children as they see fit. I truly hope the Senate follows the common sense override vote of the House so radical ideologues will no longer be able to steal children away from their parents’ love and guidance and take them to an abortion clinic for an invasive surgery that will change their lives forever.”

The parental notification bill, a Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire campaign issue, only requires minor females to notify their parents of their pregnancy, but still gives these teens a way around the discussion with their parents through the courts. The court exemption was required by a Supreme Court ruling on a previous version of the law for the odd chance that a child’s parents would harm her if they knew she was pregnant. Rather than fix the law per the court’s request, the radical Democratic Legislature at the time repealed parental notification outright.

“With this veto override vote, House Republicans are restoring the right of parents to help their minor children make a life-altering decision,” Hemingway said. “At the same time, it’s important to note that parents’ right to actually control the decisions of their children is usually protected by the law, since parents know much better than minor children how to reason through difficult scenarios. Further, parents surely know their own children better than the government and can provide much better counseling than any paid school employee with no real connection to the child.”

Under current law, minors must have permission from their parents to go on field trips from school or to take an Aspirin from a school nurse. For some reason, the law currently doesn’t protect parents’ right to even know that their child is about to undergo an invasive, surgical procedure that could put her life in jeopardy.

“This law would at least restore the right for parents to know about their child’s pending abortion, and I am hopeful that there is no hesitation to override the governor’s radical veto of this bill in the Senate,” Hemingway said. “Again, this law is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go far enough. I truly hope this Legislature further secures parents’ rights by introducing and passing a bill to require parental consent before a child can have an abortion.”


About The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire

RLCNH, a state chapter of the national Republican Liberty Caucus, was launched in December 2004 to promote and advance traditional Republican Party values, such as low taxes and spending, limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise and loyalty to the U.S. and N.H. constitutions.