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CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee heard and voted on HB 1609, a bill to add exceptions for rape and incest to Gov. Sununu’s abortion ban. The bill was amended by Republicans on party lines to remove the important exceptions for rape and incest. Ranking Democrat on the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee, Rep. Lucy Weber (D-Walpole) released the following statement:

“Granite Staters have been outraged by Gov. Sununu’s abortion ban and invasive ultrasound mandate since it was passed into law last June. Given the chance to rectify aspects of Sununu’s draconian law, House Republicans still refused to do the right thing today. Providing no exemptions for victims of rape and incest to seek life-saving abortion care, and even worse, forcing victims to be re-traumatized by invasive and unnecessary procedures is nothing but cruel legislating. House Democrats are committed to repealing Gov. Sununu’s restriction on healthcare freedom in its entirety.”

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