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AUL Says New Hampshire HB 329-FN Protects Minors & Parental Rights

“This legislation is critically important to protect the health and welfare of minors, who too often become victimized by sexual predators,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, AUL President and CEO

CONCORD, NH (03-16-11) – Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life commended the New Hampshire House of Representatives for passing HB 329-FN, an AUL-drafted measure that requires parental notification before abortions may be performed on unemancipated minors, and called on the New Hampshire Senate to do the same.

Representative Kathy Souza introduced HB 329-FN on January 21, 2011 for the purpose of requiring parental notice prior to a minor obtaining an abortion.  The bill reinstates some requirements from an earlier New Hampshire law that was enjoined in 2003 by a federal court.  Attorneys with Americans United for Life drafted modifications to the previous law to ensure its constitutionality under United States Supreme Court precedent.

Dr. Yoest commended the 256 New Hampshire House Members who voted today in favor of the bill: “This bill is constitutionally sound and desperately needed for the protection of minors and their unborn babies in the State of New Hampshire.”

For more information on parental involvement laws, click here.

To track the legislation’s progress throughout the session, check out AUL’s Legislative Watch for the bill’s current status.