Unfinished business

Two years ago today, I posted “N.H. Stats Study Committee Recommends ‘Future Legislation'”.

The future brought legislation, but it did not pass.

From my 2014 post:

The interim study committee examining House Bill 1502 from the 2014 New Hampshire House session issued its brief report on November 14. Representative Laurie Harding (D-Lebanon) wrote on behalf of her colleagues on the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee:

“The committee voted in favor of future legislation that is focused on meaningful, confidential collection of abortion statistics only for the purpose of public health analysis and intervention. The data would be summarized and made public in an aggregated form. The committee supported the motion to recommend future legislation only if the data collection is guaranteed to protect the anonymity of the provider and patient and the appropriate resources are available.” (Vote: 16-1)

The ensuing bill, HB 629, was introduced in January 2015, retained and studied all year, brought back in January 2016, passed the House on a voice vote, and was finally tabled in the Senate after passage there failed on a tie vote.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services withdrew their support for the bill in 2016, after cooperating in the study committee that led to HB 629’s introduction.

Something else from Leaven’s 2014 post:

New Hampshire public health authorities have no official idea how many abortion providers work in New Hampshire, or how many women and girls get abortions, or how many of those abortions are late-term surgical or early-term chemical. Any effort to fill in those gaps will be a public health boon. Let’s take it further and pass a law that tracks how women fare after abortions, at least to the extent that a provider who consistently had awful outcomes could be identified and stopped.

There has just been an election in New Hampshire. Five of the state senators who voted against HB 629 are no longer in the Senate. Nine House members have filed a request for a new stats bill to be introduced in January.

Do you suppose that an abortion statistics bill might finally pass in 2017?

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