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NH Governor to Parents: You have no rights if your daughter is pregnant

WASHINGTON – The New Hampshire Parental Notification Bill, which was passed earlier this year by large majorities in the state’s legislature was vetoed yesterday by pro-abortion Governor John Lynch.  The legislation would have required that abortionists give written notice to at least one parent or guardian of a minor girl 48 hours prior to performing an abortion.  The bill passed the New Hampshire state House of Representatives in March, 256-102; and in the state Senate May 25, 17-7.

 “Governor Lynch’s veto says to New Hampshire’s parents: if your minor daughter is pregnant, you have no rights,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., National Right to Life director of state legislation.  When a minor girl is the victim of abuse by an adult male predator and becomes pregnant, that is the time she needs her parents the most.  What Governor Lynch wants is to have a secret abortion performed on the minor girl and send her back to the abusive situation.  This is a totally irresponsible decision which can only give comfort to pedophiles.” 

 In vetoing the bill, Gov. Lynch used a litany of excuses regarding lack of exceptions for certain cases – all of which, if allowed for in the bill, would cover up crimes perpetrated against minor girls and do nothing but protect their abusers.  The bill contained both a judicial bypass measure and a medical emergency exception which allowed for ” a condition that, on the basis of the physician’s good-faith clinical judgment, so complicates the medical condition of a pregnant woman as to necessitate the immediate abortion of her pregnancy to avert her death or for which a delay will create serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”

 Twenty-nine states currently have parental involvement laws in effect.  The full text of the New Hampshire bill is here: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2011/HB0329.html

 “This veto is an affront to parents across the state and it puts minor girls in very real danger,” Balch added.  “We join with our New Hampshire affiliate, Citizens for Life, in calling on the state’s legislators to override this outrageous veto.”

 Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.


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NYTimes: Gets it wrong again

The New York Times gets it wrong….again.  In an editorial entitled, rather caustically, “The Right to Smear,”  the Times has this to say about the “lies” in a proposed ad speaking about Barack Obama’s position:

“It [the proposed ad] even employs an Obama-like voice pledging to make taxpayers pay for abortions, help minors conceal abortions from their parents, and legalize late-term abortions.  To spread these lies, the group wants an injunction against the election commission’s disclosure and spending rules . . .”

In reality, there’s not an untruth among those positions attributed to Obama that the Times singles out.  The ad in question is referring to pro-abortion policies which would be implemented under the so-called “Freedom of Choice Act,” which is co-sponsored by Illinois Senator Barack Obama.  Below is a letter to the Times editor, in response to the editorial, from our very own Douglas Johnson:

Dear Editor:

In “The Right to Smear” (Sept. 21), the Times hopes the federal courts
will block an ad that “even employs an Obama-like voice pledging to make
taxpayers pay for abortions, help minors conceal abortions from their
parents, and legalize late-term abortions.  To spread these lies, the
group wants an injunction . . .”

Obama is a cosponsor of the “Freedom of Choice Act” (S. 1173).  The
plain language of this bill invalidates restrictions on public funding
of abortions and laws requiring parental notification before an abortion
– points touted by the bill’s chief sponsors and supporting groups.  The
bill’s chief sponsors also proclaim that it would nullify the federal
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, the law actually referred to in the ad
script.  On July 17, 2007, Obama told the Planned Parenthood Action
Fund, “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice
Act.”  Obama has also voted consistently against restrictions on public
funding of abortion, and against requiring parental notification for

Douglas Johnson
Legislative Director
National Right to Life Committee