New Hampshire lawmakers pass abortion parental notification bill over veto

posted at 9:15 am on June 23, 2011 by Tina Korbe

How hopeful is this? The New Hampshire legislature yesterday overrode Gov. John Lynch’s veto of a bill that requires abortionists to notify parents of minors 48 hours before conducting the procedure, The New York Times reports:

The House overrode the veto by a 266-102 vote; the Senate vote was 17-7. “Granite Staters believe in more parental involvement, not less,” the House speaker, William O’Brien, said in a statement.

Seems to me stakeholder “notification,” whether in personal, financial or political matters, is pretty commonly recognized as both polite and important. And don’t parents have a high stake in the health and well-being of their children (not to mention their grandchildren)? Obviously, 266 New Hampshire house members and 17 state senators think so. The legislatures of thirty-six other states thought so, too: New Hampshire becomes the 37th state to enact such a law.

I’m always impressed when a legislature overrides a veto. It reflects such widespread conviction. And, in this case, I’m especially excited because, as I just learned when I was in the state for the GOP debate, the New Hampshire legislature is the fourth-largest English-speaking legislative body in the world, after the British Parliament, the Parliament of India and the U.S. Congress. Supermajorities in such a legislature suggest the state pretty solidly supports parental notification, too.


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The scariest part of this modern world is why do politicians have to be involved at all in parental decisions concerning surgical procedures performed on their child??

locomotivebreath1901 on June 23, 2011 at 2:14 PM

The scariest part of this modern world is why do politicians have to be involved at all in parental decisions concerning surgical procedures performed on their child??
locomotivebreath1901 on June 23, 2011 at 2:14 PM

You’ll never understand anything about liberalism if you apply common sense. Liberals use what Ayn Rand called “subjectivist” thinking.

If children are being statutorily raped, and their parents find out about it, then there is a problem. But if the government can keep the parents from finding out about it, then there is no problem.

As the world’s most successful liberal, Joseph Stalin, was famous for saying: “Death solves all problems – no man, no problem.” If you substiute the word “man” with the word “baby”, then that one-size-fits-all solution becomes even more generally applicable.

logis on June 23, 2011 at 2:50 PM

NH HB329

II. If such a pregnant minor elects not to allow the notification of her parent or guardian or conservator, any judge of a court of competent jurisdiction shall, upon petition, or motion, and after an appropriate hearing, authorize an abortion provider to perform the abortion if said judge determines that the pregnant minor is mature and capable of giving informed consent to the proposed abortion. If said judge determines that the pregnant minor is not mature, or if the pregnant minor does not claim to be mature, the judge shall determine whether the performance of an abortion upon her without notification of her parent, guardian, or conservator would be in her best interests and shall authorize an abortion provider to perform the abortion without such notification if said judge concludes that the pregnant minor’s best interests would be served thereby.

Bruce MacMahon on June 23, 2011 at 5:20 PM

In all the cases in which notifying the parents of a girl that wants to have an abortion, represents a true danger to the child, The baby is the least of the pregnant girl’s problems.

Slowburn on June 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM

In all the cases in which… a girl wants to have an abortion… The baby is the least of the pregnant girl’s problems.
Slowburn on June 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Precisely.

logis on June 24, 2011 at 6:44 PM

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