NH Lawmakers Stick with Late Term Abortions and Same Sex Marriages

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

Concord, NH (CNSNews.com) - The New Hampshire House of Representatives has decided against reconsidering its recent decision not to ban late term abortions and also refused to invalidate same-sex marriages in the Granite State that are recognized by other states.

The vote against reconsidering the rejection of a bill banning late term abortions was 182-177 and followed a vote late last week in which lawmakers voted against the ban. A motion to table reconsideration was defeated by a vote of 182 to 171.

The motion to reconsider was offered by State Representative Peter Leonard, a Manchester Democrat, who insisted he mistakenly voted against the ban the first time around. According to Leonard, he voted as he did because he was unable to hear voting instructions. Leonard characterized late term abortions as "no good," and added "its murder."

Opponents of the reconsideration move insisted no new information would be presented to justify another debate and vote. "Are you prepared to sit for more hours, listening to the same debate...no new facts justify reconsideration," said Republican State Representative Susan Durham.

"They can still stab a baby in the back of her head and suction out her brains while it's in the process of being born," said Roger Stinson, executive director of the state chapter of Citizens for Life. "These representatives have branded all of us by this shameful act today."

The House also rejected an effort to invalidate same-sex marriages in the state that are performed in and recognized by other states. Current state law prohibits such unions, but it does not make invalid same sex marriages entered into in other states.

"To redefine marriage to mean anything else will mean the foundation of marriage will eventually crumble," said Republican State Representative Gary Torresson, who sponsored the legislation.

"Defend the basic structure of society before this gets out of hand," said State Representative Richard Kennedy, another Republican.

Supporters of the bill insisted the state must not go the way of neighboring Vermont, whose Senate is considering a bill which would legalize so-called "civil unions" between same sex couples.