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New Hampshire Abortion Laws and How They Compare Nationally

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Aug 2015 04:54 PM

New Hampshire abortion laws are more lenient than most other states around the nation. In fact, lawmakers in the state have passed few laws regulating abortion. Statues focus on the regulation of how abortions are provided to minors and protecting access to abortion providers.

The Guttmacher Institute reports New Hamphire is actually seeing an increase in the number of clinics in the state at a time when many states are experiencing a reduction in services.

In 2011, New Hampshire had 13 abortion providers, which was an 18 percent increase from three years earlier. The abortion rate in New Hampshire is on par with the rest of the nation at about 17 percent. About 3,200 women got abortions in New Hampshire in 2011.

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New Hampshire is 1 of 9 states that do not place a specific restriction on abortions at a certain point in pregnancy. According to The New York Times, many states have a law that bans abortions at viability, which is generally considered to be between 24 and 26 weeks of pregnancy.

The most restrictive regulation in the country is in North Dakota. That state bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. This law and others which have tried to limit abortions before viability have faced court challenges.

Planned Parenthood reports that teens in New Hampshire who want to get an abortion must inform at least one parent 48 hours before an abortion can be performed. A teen is allowed to petition a judge for a release from this requirement. This law is more lenient than many states which require minors to have the consent of a parent before an abortion can be performed.

State law prohibits people from impeding access to a facility for women seeking abortions or for workers of the clinic. The statute states, "No person shall knowingly enter or remain on a public way or sidewalk adjacent to a reproductive healthcare facility within a radius up to 25 feet of any portion of an entrance, exit, or driveway of a reproductive healthcare facility.”

Many other states have extensive laws regulating abortions, including requirements for counseling before the service can be offered and waiting periods. Some states have also passed laws requiring strict regulations of abortion providers. These kinds of laws have prevented many clinics across the country from continuing services. New Hampshire does not have these kinds of laws.

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