NH News
2:35 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

N.H. Legislature Overrides Veto On Abortion Bill

New Hampshire's Legislature has voted to override Gov. John Lynch's veto of a bill banning partial-birth abortions.

Lynch said the bill was unnecessary because such procedures are already prohibited under federal law.

Supporters of the bill have said they don't trust the federal government to prosecute its law. Lynch said the federal law makes a state version unnecessary.

In his veto message, Lynch also said the state version went too far in requiring that two physicians from separate hospitals must determine that a woman's life was in danger before performing a partial-birth abortion.

In a partial-birth abortion, the fetus is partially extracted before being destroyed.

Both the House and Senate on Wednesday had enough votes to override Lynch's veto by a two-thirds majority.