From Rep. Keith Murphy via his public Facebook post, with a single edit from me to reflect the House schedule:
For my fellow NH residents, I need help with something. This deals with a very controversial topic, which I know will come as a shock to those of you that know me well.
Regardless of where you stand on abortion, people that are both pro-life and pro-choice should be able to agree that aborting a healthy full-term fetus just days from birth is wrong and shouldn't be allowed unless the mother's health is in danger.
Yet it is completely legal in NH to have an abortion right up to the moment of birth. We are one of only seven states with this unhappy distinction. Internationally, the list of nations that allows this is very small: North Korea, China, and some Canadian provinces.
I have sponsored HB 578, which would ban abortions after the point of viability, to be determined by the physician. It contains exceptions for the mother's health, as well as for cases where one twin places the other in danger or the fetus is suffering from a deformity incompatible with life.
I had hoped that the House might put aside its usual partisanship and make this common sense change, simply saying that if a baby would live outside the womb it's not legal to kill it inside the womb, simply saying that life isn't dependent upon geography. But unfortunately the full court press is on from the Democrats, who view elective abortion on demand right up to the moment of birth to be nothing short of a fundamental right. Polling indicates that over 80% of citizens oppose allowing abortions on viable fetuses. This is as close as we are ever going to get to a consensus on this most difficult topic.
If you have any questions about the bill, I will be happy to answer them.
How you can help:
1) Send an email to email@example.com and ask them respectfully to support the bill opposing any floor amendments.
2) Contact your representatives by phone and ask them to support the bill, opposing any floor amendments. Here is a link to determine your reps.
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The bill will be voted on this Wednesday. We have [two] days to get this in front of as many people as possible.
Thank you very much for your help.