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Bill gives judges more time in NH abortion cases

April 22, 2012
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CONCORD, N.H.—The New Hampshire Senate is considering changes to the law that requires pregnant girls seeking abortions tell their parents or get a judge's OK.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Thursday on a House-passed bill to change the requirement that a judge issue a ruling within 48 hours to within two court business days. That would mean girls filing petitions late in a week would not hear back over a weekend.

The law requiring parental notice took effect Jan. 1 after lawmakers overrode Gov. John Lynch's veto. The law requires girls under 18 who want an abortion to either have a parent or guardian waive the notice requirement in writing or abortion providers will -- with their consent -- send mail a notice to them.

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