Six Manchester State officials voted for mandatory reporting of abortions

NH State House.

MANCHESTER, NH – A bill on the compulsory declaration of abortions, HB 471, was not adopted on January 3, with a vote of 165 to 189. Six representatives of the State of Manchester voted in favor.

Kathleen F. Souza (R) sponsored the bill and voted in favor. Other “yes” votes included Lisa M. Freeman (R), Larry Gagné (R), Mark McLean (R), Barbara E. Shaw (D) and Victoria Sullivan (R).

HB471 reportedly required doctors to collect and report information on women who have had abortions to the state, so that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can issue an annual statistical report.

Souza explained his vote, “We in New Hampshire want the statistics so that we pro-lifers can better help women by targeting our work for them.

McLean said: “There has been a staggering amount of abortions by Planned Parenthood in the past year. Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, this is certainly something that would be of concern no matter how safe the proceedings are. Getting the driving forces would be valuable. According to the testimony, many safeguards are in place to protect the data and keep it anonymous. “

Shaw said, “I made a mistake. I am generally a pro-choice person. I read that this tightened the requirements for privacy and patient safety, and I continued.

Cornerstone Action Conservative Think Tank favorable to legislation, noting that New Hampshire “lags behind” other states in reporting abortion statistics to the Centers for Disease Control.

The invoice was approved by the Catholic Diocese of Manchester in February 2017.

It was opposite by the ACLU of New Hampshire, which criticized its violation of privacy, lack of medical necessity, and the cost of $ 162,000 or more.

Mindi Messmer (D-Rye), congressional candidate in District 1, wrote, “If it fell into the wrong hands, the information would expose highly private and sensitive information. “

Messmer said that in 2016, “The HHS database was breached when a hospital patient viewed and posted the medical records of 15,000 patients on the Internet. HB 471 would have enabled the state to collect and store highly personal identification documents, including the patient’s age, estimated gestational age, contraceptive use and method of interruption, as well as the identification of the doctor and the service provider.

Find the full roll-call vote here.

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