CONCORD, N.H. — Lawmakers in New Hampshire have rejected a bill that would require abortionists to provide care for babies who are born alive, as well as a bill that would have barred the practice of dismemberment abortions.
House Bill 1627, also known as the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act,” would make criminal denying the infant health care, resulting in his or her death.
“The physician performing an abortion shall take all medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of a born-alive infant,” it reads in part. “If an abortion performed in a facility other than a hospital results in a live birth, a physician attending the abortion shall provide immediate medical care to the infant and call 9-1-1 for an emergency transfer of the infant to a hospital that shall provide medically appropriate and reasonable care and treatment to the infant.”
It also notes that “[a]ny born-alive infant including one born in the course of an abortion procedure shall be treated as a legal person under the laws of New Hampshire, with the same rights to medically appropriate and reasonable care and treatment, and birth and death.”
The bill was voted down 9-7 in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, with those against it opining that “medical procedures” should not be legislated, and those for the measure contending that babies who survive their death sentence ought to receive care.
The committee also voted down House Bill 1560, which would have banned dilation and evacuation abortions (D&E) in the state, also known as dismemberment abortions. The procedure involves removing the child from the womb piece by piece, and then re-assembling his or her body on a tray to ensure that all of the parts were extracted.
“‘Dismemberment abortion’ means, with the purpose of causing the death of an unborn child, knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors, or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush, or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body in order to cut or rip it off,” the bill reads in part.
The bill was voted down 9-8 as some lawmakers opposed providing guidelines for abortionists and others opined that there are “more humane” ways to kill a child.
“We have the technology well within our means to do these executions in a humane way,” Rep. Kurt Wuelper, R-Strafford, said, according to the Union Leader.
In the meantime, Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie spoke out against candidate Marco Rubio’s beliefs about abortion this week, stating that they are too extreme for New Hampshire voters.
“[H]e has made it very clear that on the issue of pro-life, Marco Rubio is not for an exception for … rape, incest or life of the mother,” Christie said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think that’s the kind of position that New Hampshire voters would be really concerned about.”
“I’m pro-life, but I believe that rape, incest and life of the mother—as Ronald Reagan did—should be exceptions to that rule,” he said.