Bill gives judges more time in NH abortion cases
CONCORD, N.H.—The New Hampshire Senate has voted to give judges more time to decide if pregnant girls must tell their parents before getting an abortion.
The Senate voted 16-8 Wednesday to send the governor a House-passed bill to change the requirement that a judge issue a ruling within 48 hours to within two court business days of a minor petitioning to get an abortion without telling her parents. 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 to have a parent waive the notice requirement or to petition the court to let them get an abortion without telling their parents.