New Hampshire Overrides Governor’s “Partial Birth” Abortion Ban Veto

The state of New Hampshire has now guaranteed that absolutely no one will ever participate in an non-existent procedure, as they have now overridden the governor’s veto of a ban on a bill that outlaws a non-procedure that was already banned by the federal government.


New Hampshire’s Legislature has voted to override Gov. John Lynch’s veto of a bill banning partial-birth abortions.

Supporters of the bill have said they don’t trust the federal government to prosecute its law. Lynch said the federal law makes a state version unnecessary.

So called “partial birth” abortions are already banned by the federal government, despite the fact that no one has been able to point to an exact procedure, but rather a method of abortion that is believed to be referring to dilation and extraction but is vague enough to potentially cover most terminations performed after the first trimester.

In New Hampshire’s bill, there is no exception for health of the mother, and two doctors from separate hospitals must independently confirm that a woman’s life is in danger in order for an abortion to be performed. Because when it comes to life-threatening medical decisions involving the lives of women, it’s best to take as much time as possible to get second opinions. 

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