New Hampshire Democrats: Women Don’t Need to “Sleep On” Their Decisions

The New Hampshire legislature has tried nearly every year for the last decade to slip an “informed consent” abortion restriction onto the books, and every time they have failed.

This year is no different. A House committee is recommending that the bill, which would also impose a forced 24-hour waiting period, be rejected by the full House, which is predominately Democratic.

Bill proponents were upset, declaring that the 24-hour wait wasn’t a restriction but actually a tool to help women make “informed decisions” about their medical choices. “An abortion is an elective procedure,” bill sponsor Rep. Lenette Peterson said during debate, according to the Concord Monitor.  “It’s just 24 hours. There’s no medical procedure that—unless it’s surgery, emergency surgery—that’s less than 24 hours. If it’s elective, there’s none that take place within 24 hours.” She then said she thought it would be best if women “slept on it” before they can access an abortion.

The bill was one of two abortion measures brought up on Valentines Day. NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire also used the holiday to encourage the legislature to show support for abortion rights by commemorating  Roe v. Wade.

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  • Brianna Gamma

    While the denigration of a woman’s choice is of course a problem, I have to admit I am less concerned about this issue in NH, where you are at most two hours’ drive away from the nearest abortion provider (and 80% have a provider within a 30 minute drive), than in the Midwest states where women often have to travel very far.

    • Amadi

      Because all people who might need an abortion in NH can travel two hours? They all have cars, or safe access to someone who will take them?

      Because abortion foes don’t push restrictions incrementally, starting with waiting periods, then mandatory counseling, then mandatory alternatives counseling, then longer waiting periods, then shorter deadlines, then mandatory invasive ultrasounds? Like this isn’t just the first step toward NH residents having less access?

      This isn’t a contest. We don’t throw NH residents under the bus because people in Montana have it worse. We push back against all attacks on reproductive freedom, in all places. No one is in this on their own.

  • Dezzydez

    I hate the attitude of forced birthers have of women that we have are incapable of making a medical decision without their help. They really think women don’t take the time to evaluate whether she wants an abortion.

  • Ella Warnock

    IF a woman CHOOSES to wait a period of time, that’s fine. If she doesn’t want to wait, then yeah, bill proponents, it absolutely IS a restriction. Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

  • Margaret Whitestone

    Funny how nobody ever asks a woman to think on/rethink her decision to get pregnant/have a child. It’s only when she decides not to get pregnant or to terminate a pregnancy that the moralizing busybodies descend upon her “for her own good”. Apparently women are only too stupid to make decisions about their own bodies at certain times.