Next week: hearings for fetal homicide bill, repealing buffer zone law, among others


The life issues take center stage at the Legislative Office Building in Concord next Tuesday, February 10 beginning at 10 a.m.

Committee members need to see pro-life voters at these hearings, not to mention how much the sponsors would appreciate your support. All these hearing rooms are close together, on the second floor of the Legislative Office Building behind the State House. If you come to a hearing but don’t wish to testify aloud, you may submit written testimony or simply sign “The Blue Sheet” on the committee table to register your opinion. If you can’t attend, you can email the committee.

Here they are, in chronological order, with links to the bills’ texts.

  • 10 a.m., House Judiciary Committee (room 208): HB 677, prohibiting public funding of abortion providers. Sponsors: Reps. Warren Groen of Rochester and Richard Gordon of East Kingston. Committee email:
  • 11 a.m., House Judiciary: HB 595, banning abortions beyond 21 weeks 5 days gestation. Chief sponsor is Rep. Keith Murphy of Bedford, and he’s joined by six co-sponsors.
  • 1 p.m., House Judiciary: HB 403, repealing the so-called “buffer zone” law. Fifteen sponsors have signed on to this, led by Rep. Kathy Souza of Manchester.
  • 2 p.m., House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee (room 204): HB 560, Griffin’s Law/fetal homicide, with the formal title “Including a fetus in the definition of ‘another’ for the purpose of certain criminal offenses.” Chief sponsor: Rep. Leon Rideout of Lancaster, with eleven co-sponsors. Committee email:
  • 2:15 p.m., House Health Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee (room 205): HB 629, requiring collection of abortion statistics. Committee email:

If you come to Concord, allow extra time for parking. Snow has made on-street parking a challenge. Bring quarters or a debit card for the parking kiosks.

Article written by Ellen Kolb at Leaven for the Loaf.

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