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Jan 20, 2016 6:09 PM

Planned Parenthood calls proposed laws 'attacks' on women's healthcare


CONCORD - Several abortion bills under consideration by the current legislature are refueling the debate between pro-choice advocates and pro-life conservatives.

"This volume of attacks coming at abortion and reproductive care, with so many different restrictions and regulations, is truly unprecedented," said Jennifer Frizzell with New Hampshire Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the New Hampshire Public Health Association held a press conference Wednesday, in opposition to what Frizzell called an 'assault on women's health.'

Rep. Warren Groen of Rochester is sponsoring several of the bills and says Planned Parenthood should be investigated and de-funded. HB1663 was inspired by the 2015 video controversy which allegedly showed Planned Parenthood representatives discussing the sale of body parts following an abortion, Groen said.

Planned Parenthood has denied the authenticity of the videos.

Other bills included in the group would

-limit pregnancy terminations to pregnancies of 20 weeks or less

-prohibit abortions based on genetic abnormalities

-prohibit the use of public funds, employees and facilities in assisting or performing abortions

Planned Parenthood says the bills aim to weaken the protections of Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court decision on abortion rights marks its 43rd anniversary this week.

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