The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday refused to affirm abortion as an explicit right
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday refused to affirm abortion as an explicit right, but lawmakers are still considering a slew of bills on both sides of the issue. The Republican-led Senate voted 14-10 along party lines to reject a bill that would have codified abortion in state law. Opponents said it was unnecessary because current law, which prohibits abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy, is clear. Democrats argued that codifying abortion rights was necessary after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. The House has yet to vote on a similar bill, along with half a dozen others related to abortion. Some would further restrict abortion, while others seek to repeal the current abortion ban or remove the criminal penalties associated with it.