Bill gives judges more time in NH abortion cases
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.