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Report: States' Abortion Restrictions Tied to Worse Health Outcomes for Women, Children
States that have enacted more abortion restrictions tend to fare worse on women and children's health outcomes and have fewer policies in place that support their health and well-being, according to a report released Wednesday by Ibis Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Huffington Post reports.

States Slow Pace of Antiabortion-Rights Legislation, But Restrictions Up Overall, Guttmacher Report Shows
States passed fewer abortion restrictions in the first half of this year compared with the same time period in any of the past three years, but state laws restricting abortion access continue to vastly outnumber those expanding access, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, Vox reports.

Featured Blogs
"Half of Texas' Abortion Clinics Are Gone" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/18) and "Repro Wrap: Massachusetts Gets Harsh With Abortion Protesters and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 7/18).

N.H. 'Buffer Zone' Law Unenforced During Legal Challenge
The New Hampshire attorney general's office will not enforce a state "buffer zone" law (SB 319) that took effect last week while a federal judge considers a related lawsuit over the law's constitutionality, the Portsmouth Herald reports.

Lawsuit Filed Against N.H. 'Buffer Zone' Law
A Christian legal group on Monday filed a federal lawsuit challenging a New Hampshire "buffer zone" law that was enacted last month, alleging that the measure violates antiabortion-rights protesters' right to free speech, the AP/Boston Herald reports.

Featured Blog
"New Hampshire Approves a Buffer Zone Around Abortion Clinics" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/10).

Women's Groups Commend N.H. 'Buffer Zone' Law
Women's rights groups are applauding New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) for signing a bill (SB 319) that will impose a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

'Buffer Zone' Bill Set To Become Law in N.H.
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) on Tuesday plans to sign into law a bill (SB 319) that will impose a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics in the state, the AP/Portland Press Herald reports.

'Buffer Zone' Bill Passes N.H. Senate, Heads to Gov.
The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday voted 13-10 to approve the state House's changes to a bill (SB 319) that would create a "buffer zone" of 25 feet around reproductive health clinics, the AP/Portsmouth Herald reports.

'Buffer Zone' Bill Clears N.H. House
The New Hampshire House last week approved a bill (SB 319) that would create a "buffer zone" of 25 feet around reproductive health clinics, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

N.H. Senate Rejects 'Fetal Homicide' Bill
The New Hampshire Senate last week rejected legislation (HB 1503) that would have allowed criminal charges for killing a fetus during a criminal act against a pregnant woman, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Record Number of State Bills Favor Abortion Rights
Although state lawmakers have continued with an onslaught of antiabortion-rights bills this year, a record number of states are considering measures aimed at protecting abortion rights and access, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, the Christian Science Monitor's "DC Decoder" reports.

N.H. House Rejects Increased Abortion Clinic Regulations
The New Hampshire House on Thursday rejected one antiabortion-rights measure (HB 1501) and referred another (HB 1502) for further study, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

N.H. Senate Passes 'Buffer Zone' Law; House Approval Expected
The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday passed a measure (SB 319) that imposes a 25-foot buffer zone around the state's abortion clinics, New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

Editorial Urges Abortion-Rights Supporters To Remain 'Vigilant'
Abortion-rights supporters in New Hampshire and across the country need to maintain "vigilance" against abortion restrictions that are misleadingly promoted as ways to protect women from substandard medical care, a Concord Monitor editorial states.

N.H. House Rejects Bill Requiring Waiting Period, Signed Consent Before Abortions
The New Hampshire House on Wednesday rejected a bill (HB 483) that would have required women to wait 24 hours before obtaining an abortion, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

N.H. Abortion Procedure Ban Takes Effect
A New Hampshire law (HB 1679) took effect on Jan. 1 that prohibits a procedure abortion-rights opponents call "partial-birth" abortion, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Battle Over Planned Parenthood Funding Becomes National Issue
Lawmakers' efforts to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood in Arizona, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and other states have helped propel the organization to the forefront of national political debates, the Washington Post reports.

Report Notes 40 Laws Enacted in 15 States That Could Hinder Women's Access to Abortion Care, Reproductive Health Service
U.S. women increasingly face barriers to obtaining reproductive health services as states continue to pass laws restricting access, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Reuters reports.

N.H. House Falls Short on 'Fetal Homicide' Measure
New Hampshire House lawmakers on Wednesday failed to override Gov. John Lynch's (D) veto of a bill (HB 217) that would establish a crime of fetal homicide, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

N.H. Legislature Overrides Veto on Abortion Procedure Ban
The New Hampshire Legislature on Wednesday voted to override Gov. John Lynch's (D) veto of legislation (HB 1679) that would prohibit so-called "partial-birth" abortion, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

N.H. Gov. Lynch Vetoes Bill Allowing Homicide Charges for Death of Fetus
New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D) on Monday vetoed a bill (HB 217) that would have expanded that state's homicide law to apply to fetal deaths after eight weeks of gestation, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

N.H. Gov. Vetoes Abortion Procedure Ban
New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D) on Friday vetoed a bill (HB 1679) that would have prohibited the procedure that abortion-rights opponents call "partial-birth" abortion, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

N.H. Legislature Abandons Effort To Amend Contraceptive Coverage Requirements
A New Hampshire legislative conference committee last week agreed to drop a provision (SB 356) that would have allowed certain employers to bypass a state contraceptive coverage law, the Manchester Union Leader reports.

N.H. Senate To Negotiate With House on Contraception Bill
The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday agreed to negotiate with the House on a bill (SB 356) that would allow certain religiously affiliated employers to exclude contraceptive coverage from their health plans, the AP/Google News reports..

N.H. Senate Rejects Waiting Period Bill
The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday rejected for the second time a bill (HB 1659) that would require women to wait 24 hours before obtaining abortion care, the AP/Foster's Daily Democrat reports.

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

N.H. House Revives 24-Hour Waiting Period Measure
The New Hampshire House on Tuesday voted to revive a measure (HB 1659) that would require women to wait 24 hours before obtaining abortion care, the AP/ Boston Globe reports.

N.H. House Approves Contraceptive Coverage Bill
The New Hampshire House on Tuesday approved a provision that would allow employers that are partly or wholly owned by a religious society or formed for a religious intent to exclude contraception coverage from their health plans, the AP/Seacoast Online reports.

States' Attempts To Defund Planned Parenthood Stymied by Courts, Obama Administration
The Obama administration and federal courts have stopped several conservative-led state efforts to block funding to Planned Parenthood since 2010, the Washington Times reports.

N.H. Senate Advances Bill Revising Judicial Bypass Process Under Parental Notification Law
The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday voted 16-8 to approve a House-passed bill (HB 1723) that would modify a law requiring the notification of a parent or guardian before a minor receives abortion care, the AP/Portsmouth Herald reports.

N.H. Senate Votes on Series of Bills Targeting Women's Health
The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday debated a series of abortion- and reproductive health-related measures, rejecting several and advancing two, the Concord Monitor reports.

Supposed Threats to 'Religious Freedom' Really About Access to Contraception, Women's Advocates Say
Although opponents of the federal contraceptive coverage rules claim their fight is about "religious freedom," women's and family planning groups say opponents' true objective is to restrict access to contraception, Kaiser Health News/Sacramento Bee reports.

N.H. Committee Votes To Send Bill That Would Alter Law on Contraceptive Coverage to Interim Study
The New Hampshire Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee voted 4-0 on Tuesday to send to interim study a bill (HB 1546) that would allow employers with a religious or moral objection to drop contraceptive coverage from their health plans, the Concord Monitor reports.

N.H. Senate Panel Considers Bill To Cut Public Funding for Facilities Providing Abortion Care
The New Hampshire Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday held a hearing on legislation (HB 228) that would bar public funding for facilities that offer abortion services, NHPR reports.

N.H. House Advances Bill To Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy
The New Hampshire House last week voted 190-109 to approve a bill (HB 1660) that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

N.H. House Approves Waiting Period, Counseling Requirements Before Abortion Care
The New Hampshire House on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 1659) that would require a woman seeking abortion care to first wait 24 hours, during which time she would have to meet with a doctor to review information and materials about the procedure, the Huffington Post reports.

N.H. House Approves Bill To Allow Religious Exemptions to State Contraceptive Coverage Law
The New Hampshire House on Wednesday voted to approve legislation (HB 1546) that would exempt religious employers from a state law that requires health plans to cover contraceptive services, Reuters reports.

N.H. Bill Could Threaten State Medicaid Program
A New Hampshire bill that would bar organizations that offer abortion services from entering government contracts threatens to jeopardize the state's Medicaid program if enacted, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

N.H. Republicans Seek To Overturn State Contraceptive Coverage Law
Republican leaders in New Hampshire House are pushing to overturn a state law that requires health plans to cover contraceptive services, the Concord Monitor reports.

N.H. Committee Hears Testimony on Antiabortion Bills
Lawmakers debated four antiabortion-rights bills during a hearing of New Hampshire's Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

N.H. Lawmakers Consider Domestic Violence Bills
New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday held a hearing to discuss two measures that would dramatically scale back current state domestic violence laws, My Fox Boston reports.

N.H. House Passes Bill Prohibiting Funding for Groups That Offer Abortion Care
The New Hampshire House on Wednesday voted 207-147 to approve a bill (HB 228) that would prohibit the state from contracting with organizations providing abortion services that are not covered by Medicaid, the Concord Monitor reports.

N.H. House Approves Fetal Homicide Bill
The New Hampshire House last week approved legislation (HB 217) by a 213-125 vote that would allow authorities to criminally charge a person who causes the violent death of a fetus, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

N.H. Officials File Protest Over Planned Parenthood Contract
A Christian legal organization representing three members of the New Hampshire Executive Council filed a formal protest with HHS and the Government Accountability Office over the federal government's decision to award a Title X family planning contract to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

HHS Takes Over Contracting Process for N.H. Family Planning Services
The federal government will decide how to award a Title X family planning contract in New Hampshire after the state's Executive Council voted against awarding the contract to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the state was unable to find other providers to offer the services, the Nashua Telegraph reports.

N.H. Health Officials Defer To Federal Government on Family Planning Services Funds
Earlier this month, New Hampshire Health Commissioner Nick Toumpas informed HHS officials that state health officials do not plan to restore family planning services previously offered by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the Concord Monitor reports.

N.H. Given Until August To Restore Family Planning Services or Lose Federal Funding
New Hampshire health officials by early next month must prove how they can restore family planning services previously offered by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England or the state risks losing federal funding, state Health Commissioner Nick Toumpas said on Monday, the Concord Monitor reports.

N.H. Planned Parenthood Clinics Stop Dispensing Birth Control After Contract Loss
Six Planned Parenthood clinics in New Hampshire last week stopped dispensing contraceptives after the state's Executive Council voted to reject a new contract with the organization, the Concord Monitor reports.

New Hampshire | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health in New Hampshire.

Reddy v. Foster
Federal court challenge to a New Hampshire law prohibiting protests within 25 feet of abortion clinics.