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Letter: Reject infringement on women’s privacy

Government interference in personal, private medical decisions isn’t the New Hampshire way. There isn’t a single doctor’s office in our state big enough to fit 400 state representatives, yet this week the New Hampshire House will take up a biased counseling and waiting period mandate for abortion care.

As a young woman, I am insulted by House Bill 483. It reflects demeaning and untrue assumptions that women are unable to think carefully about all of their options when faced with an unplanned pregnancy without the help of politicians.

Medical providers in our state are already required to provide patients with complete and accurate information about their medical options – including abortion – so they can make informed decisions about their health care.

This bill is simply intended to make safe, legal abortion harder for women to access, and it would affect rural and low-income women disproportionately by forcing them to make an additional, unnecessary medical appointment.

That means more time off from work or school and increased transportation and child care costs.

In the past 15 years, seven separate legislatures have thoughtfully considered and soundly rejected similar attempts to place roadblocks between women and the health care services they need.

I urge this body to do the same by supporting the Judiciary Committee’s recommendation to find HB 483 inexpedient to legislate.


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