2022 Current Legislation

New Hampshire Right to Life tracks and list current legislation every year that centers on life issues. Scroll down to see what legislators introduced in 2022.

Major Updates

(January 28th, 2022) The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 to remove the repeal of the Fetal Life Protection Act from SB399. Instead, they replace it with language clarifying when an ultrasound must be performed during an abortion.

Pro-Life Bills

Brand New Legislation

HB1181 | Title: Allowing the biological father of an unborn child to petition the court for an injunction prohibiting the biological mother from having an abortion.

Sponsors: Rep. Greeson, Graf. 16; Rep. Stapleton, Sull. 5

Details: Fathers will receive rights and a voice to protect their children from abortion.

Final Vote: House Representatives placed HB1181 in Interim Study. It would not be voted on further in the 2022 legislative session.

 

HB1477 | Title: Prohibiting abortions after detection of fetal heartbeat.

Sponsors: Rep. Testerman, Merr. 2; Rep. Stapleton, Sull. 5; Rep. Baldasaro, Rock. 5; Rep. G. Sanborn, Graf. 6; Rep. Roy, Rock. 32; Rep. Greeson, Graf. 16

Details: The legislative piece will restrict abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected (3 weeks post-conception).

Final Vote: HB1477 has been tabled, and it will not be discussed further in 2022.

 

HB1609 | Title: Relative to the scope of the fetal protection act (amended).

Details: Not only does the amended bill clarifies the Fetal Life Protection Act, saying it is only required for ultrasounds after 24 weeks, but it permits abortions if the preborn child has a “fatal fetal anomaly”.

Previous hearing: 01/18/2022, 09:50 am, Legislative Office Building 210-211

Current Status: The amended bill passed the Senate and House, and is at the Governor’s desk.

 

SB399 | Title: Repealing the fetal health protection act (amended).

Details: Because of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote, SB399 would now clarify when an ultrasound is required under the Fetal Life Protection Act.   

Previous hearing: 01/19/2022, 01:00 pm, Room 100, State House

Final Vote: The House of Representatives voted to table the amended SB399, and they will not further discuss the bill in 2022.

 

Previously Introduced Legislation

HB1080 | Title: Relative to the rights of conscience for medical professionals.

Sponsors: Rep. M. Pearson, Rock. 34; Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2; Rep. Notter, Hills. 21; Rep. Edwards, Rock. 4; Rep. Wuelper, Straf. 3; Rep. Gould, Hills. 7; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2

Details: Health care providers, under the bill, receive a right to object to participating in providing abortion without legal consequences.

Final Vote: The House of Representatives voted to place HB1080 into Interim Study, meaning that they will not vote on the bill further in 2022.

 

HB1625 | Title: Repealing the prohibition on entering or remaining on a public way or sidewalk adjacent to a reproductive health care facility.

Sponsors: Rep. Kelsey, Hills. 7; Rep. Nunez, Hills. 37; Rep. Baxter, Rock. 20; Rep. Gould, Hills. 7; Rep. Stapleton, Sull. 5; Rep. Mooney, Hills. 21; Rep. Notter, Hills. 21; Rep. M. Pearson, Rock. 34; Rep. Sheehan, Hills. 23; Sen. Ricciardi, Dist 9; Sen. Daniels, Dist 11; Sen. Avard, Dist 12

Details: It repeals the Buffer Zone Law.

Current Status: The bill is at the Governor’s desk!

 

HB1654 | Title: Relative to termination of pregnancy statistics.

Sponsors: Rep. Stapleton, Sull. 5; Rep. Wuelper, Straf. 3; Rep. Notter, Hills. 21; Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2; Rep. Gould, Hills. 7; Rep. Gay, Rock. 8; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19

Details: To accurately know how this procedure impacts our citizens, we need statistics mandated.

Final Vote: The House Representatives voted to place HB1654 in Interim Study for the bill. It would not be voted on further in the 2022 legislative session.

Anti Life Bills

Urgent Action Required

SB436 | Title: Relative to access to abortion care.

Sponsors: Sen. Perkins Kwoka, Dist 21; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. D’Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Whitley, Dist 15; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. Prentiss, Dist 5; Rep. Simpson, Rock. 36; Rep. Knirk, Carr. 3; Rep. Weber, Ches. 1; Rep. Ebel, Merr. 5; Rep. M. Murray, Hills. 22

Details: If passed, New Hampshire cannot pass any abortion restrictions before viability (24 weeks gestation).

Previous hearing: 01/19/2022, 2:00 pm, Room 100, State House

Final Vote: The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Inexpedient to Legislate on SB436. After that, the Senate tabled the bill with a 12-12 vote.

 

Other Legislation 

CACR18 | Title: Relating to reproductive medical decisions. Providing that the state shall not infringe or unduly inconvenience the right of reproductive medical decisions.

Sponsors: Rep. Toll, Ches. 16; Rep. T. Smith, Hills. 17; Rep. Frost, Straf. 16; Rep. McWilliams, Merr. 27; Rep. Klein-Knight, Hills. 11; Rep. Hyland, Hills. 38; Rep. Query, Hills. 16; Rep. Espitia, Hills. 31; Rep. Grassie, Straf. 11; Rep. Altschiller, Rock. 19

Details: If passed, the constitutional amendment would make abortion a “right” and restricting the procedure would be difficult, if not impossible.

Final Vote: The House of Representatives voted to table CACR18, meaning they will not further discuss the bill in 2022.

 

HB1674 | Title: Relative to reproductive rights.

Sponsors: Rep. Simpson, Rock. 36; Rep. M. Murray, Hills. 22; Rep. Weber, Ches. 1; Rep. Paige, Rock. 18; Rep. M. Smith, Straf. 6; Rep. Knirk, Carr. 3; Rep. Hakken-Phillips, Graf. 12; Rep. Chretien, Hills. 42; Rep. Ebel, Merr. 5; Sen. Perkins Kwoka, Dist 21; Sen. Whitley, Dist 15; Sen. Prentiss, Dist 5

Details: A bill that allows for unrestricted abortion access.

Final Vote: House Representatives voted to table HB1674. It passed, and they will not vote on the bill any further in 2022.

 

HB1673 | Title: Relative to women’s health privacy and repealing the fetal health protection act.

Sponsors: Rep. M. Smith, Straf. 6; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Simpson, Rock. 36; Rep. Altschiller, Rock. 19; Rep. Toll, Ches. 16; Rep. Kenney, Straf. 6; Rep. Amanda Bouldin, Hills. 12; Rep. Rogers, Merr. 28; Rep. K. Murray, Rock. 24; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Whitley, Dist 15; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24

Details: Another bill to repeal the Fetal Life Protection Act.

Previous hearing: 02/10/2022, 01:00 pm, State House Reps Hall

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