N.H. House Rejects Amendment To Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy

May 21, 2012 — The New Hampshire House on Thursday rejected an amendment that would have banned abortion care after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except when necessary to save the woman's life or avoid serious, permanent physical impairment, the AP/Boston Globe reports (AP/Boston Globe, 5/17).

The House in March approved a similar measure (HB 1660). The Senate voted on April 25 to study the measure -- an unusual move that some observers viewed as an attempt to kill the bill (Women's Health Policy Report, 4/26).

On Thursday, House lawmakers attempted to attach the 20-week ban to an unrelated bill requiring certain health screenings for newborns (AP/Boston Globe, 5/17).

Rep. Robert Willette (R) sponsored the amendment, which initially was approved on a 137-133 vote. However, Rep. Lynne Blankenbeker (R) asked the House to reconsider, noting that the amendment could cause the underlying bill to fail. In the second vote, the amendment failed 183-95 (Spolar, Concord Monitor, 5/18).