New Hampshire Genetic Abnormalities Abortion Ban (HB 1623)
This law was last updated on Jun 29, 2016
HB 1623 would prohibit a person from intentionally performing or attempting to perform an abortion with knowledge that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion solely because the unborn child has been diagnosed with either a genetic abnormality or a potential for a genetic abnormality.
The bill defines genetic abnormality as “any defect, disease, or disorder that is inherited genetically. The term genetic abnormality includes, but is not limited to: any physical disability, any mental disability or retardation, any physical disfigurement, scoliosis, dwarfism, Down syndrome, albinism, amelia, or any other type of physical or mental abnormality or disease.”
Any physician or person who intentionally or recklessly performs or attempts to perform an abortion in violation of this provision would be guilty of a felony-level offense and be fined anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000, or be imprisoned not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or both. They may also be subject to civil action or face injunctive relief.
No penalty would be assessed against the woman upon whom the abortion is performed or attempted to be performed.