New Hampshire Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priorities Act (HB 228)
This law was last updated on Jan 9, 2015
HB 228 would have prohibited the use of state funding for abortion services. The bill would have stripped all state and federal public funds to any costs, services or utilities for abortions, abortion referrals and abortion counseling.
The Department of Health and Human Services stated that if the bill became law, approximately $700 million in Medicaid funding would have been lost.
HB 228 was originally introduced in 2011 in an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood explicitly. The 2011 version prohibited the NH Department of Health and Human Services from entering into contact with Planned Parenthood or any other organization that provided abortion services. The bill never made it through and was re-drafted with text provided by the Alliance for Defending Freedom in 2012. The new draft left out mentioning specific abortion providers and instead focused on prohibiting funding for any abortion services in the state.
Passed the House but was rejected in the Senate by a 17-6 margin.