NHDP - On 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, NH Republicans Seek to Implement Radical, Anti-Woman Agenda
Concord, N.H. – On the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s watershed Roe v. Wade decision granting women the right to make their own health decisions, New Hampshire Republicans took their first steps to try to implement the NHGOP’s radical, anti-woman agenda.
Last September, the New Hampshire Republican Party adopted a platform including support for fetal “personhood” rights, and today, the House Judiciary Committee began hearing testimony on a bill to implement this radical, anti-woman plank of the NHGOP platform.
“It’s remarkable but fitting that on the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, New Hampshire Republicans would begin work to implement their radical, anti-woman platform,” said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan. “As the New Hampshire Republican Party works to pass a measure that could criminalize even certain forms of contraception and fertility treatments, anti-choice party leader Kelly Ayotte needs to level with the people of New Hampshire about whether she supports her party’s radical efforts."
As has been reported, fetal personhood measures “are extremely controversial because they would criminalize abortion without exceptions and could ban some forms of contraception and in vitro fertilization.”
Efforts to establish fetal personhood rights have been defeated in a number of states, including even Mississippi where voters rejected one such ballot measure.
“If the voters of Mississippi could agree that fetal personhood legislation was too extreme for their state, surely we too can agree that these radical, anti-woman policies have no place in the State of New Hampshire either,” added Sullivan.
The New Hampshire Republican Party platform includes a measure to "Support the pre-born child's fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment, and implement all Constitutional and legal protections."
If enacted, HB194 “declares that it is the policy of the state of New Hampshire that human life is deemed to exist from conception,” and vests fertilized eggs with “the right to life guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”