Peter J. Smith


New Hampshire lawmakers override veto on parental notification bill

Peter J. Smith

CONCORD, New Hampshire, June 24, 2011 ( – Lawmakers in the New Hamsphire legislature have reversed a veto on parental notice for abortion law.

“The New Hampshire Legislature has righted a terrible wrong by overriding Governor Lynch’s veto of the parental notice bill, and they are to be commended for protecting minor girls and the rights of their parents,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., National Right to Life Committee’s (NRLC) director of state legislation, in a statement.

Spaulding added that “common sense … dictates an adult male predator shouldn’t have more rights than parents.”

The House voted 266-102 to override Lynch’s veto, while the Senate voted 17-7, meeting the requirements to enact the bill into law without the governor’s signature.

Gail de Masi, president of New Hampshire Concerned Citizens for Life, told that the legislature’s action was “very encouraging” for the pro-life movement.

“To me, it’s a sign of the time, that the country has become more pro-life, and that’s what we’re experiencing here in New Hampshire.”

Lawmakers had voted to restore a parental notification law that was repealed in 2007 by the legislature. That law had never been enforced because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that it lacked a sufficient health exception to pass constitutional muster.

The bill allows an abortionist to perform an abortion without notification only if he can demonstrate a medical emergency. The bill specifies that a medical emergency entails averting the death or “irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”

The measure requires abortionists to notify a minor’s parents or guardians 48 hours in advance before performing an abortion, unless the minor can obtain a judicial bypass.

The bill has been praised by pro-life leaders and lawmakers for helping to re-engage parents in the lives of their minor children, who could also be in vulnerable situations.

According to NRLC, 29 other US States have parental notification laws on the books.

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