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“God’s love does not differentiate between the newly conceived infant still in his or her mother’s womb and the child or young person, or the adult and the elderly person.” 
~ Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the Participants at the 12th General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life and Congress on “The Human Embryo in the Pre-Implantation Phase," February 27, 2006

Catholic teaching on abortion is rooted in the recognition that the dignity of each human person begins at the moment of conception and flows through life until we face the end of our earthly journey. From its earliest days, the Church has attested to the dignity of the dignity of human life in the womb.

While Catholics advocate as the bishops of the United States have encouraged in their “Statements of Responsibilities in Public Life” to “work actively to restrain, restrict, and bring to an end the destruction of unborn life,” we also simultaneously remember that God constantly calls everyone back to Himself. All of those whose lives have been touched by abortion are encouraged to seek healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For more information, contact the Project Rachel program at 888-456-HOPE (4673) or visit www.hopeafterabortion.com. To participate in Project Rachel in New Hampshire, call (800) 562-5249.

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311)

On February 25, 2019, the United States Senate failed to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311) – a bill that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that children born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve their lives and health as would be given to other children born alive at the same gestational age. The Senate rejected a motion to advance the bill by a vote of 53-44 (in the Senate, 60 votes are needed to overcome a filibuster and pass a bill).

This bill makes clear that killing newborn babies is wrong and should not be tolerated. Our two New Hampshire senators, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Sen. Maggie Hassan, voted against the legislation. Take a minute to demand justice for innocent children by contacting our New Hampshire Senators to express your disappointment. The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment has created resources to assist with communications.  Please also join in a prayer for an end to infanticide (the killing of a child within one year of birth):

“Jesus, Lord of Life, transform the hearts of all elected leaders to recognize that infanticide is wrong and must not be tolerated. Open hearts and minds to recognize and defend the precious gift of every human life.”

Read Bishop Libasci’s Letter to the Faithful on the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act

Testimony:

HB 124 Repealing the Law Relative to the Buffer Zones to Reproductive Health Care Facilities – January 9, 2019

HB 1680 Relative to Abortions After Viability - January 31, 2018

HB 578 Banning Abortion After Viability - February 1, 2017

HB 471 Induced Termination of Pregnancy Statistics - February 7, 2017

HJR 3 Calling for the Investigation and Defunding of Planned Parenthood - January 12, 2016

Letter from Bishop Peter A. Libasci Urging NH Executive Council to Vote No on Proposed HHS Contracts with Planned Parenthood -August 4, 2015

HB 403 Repealing the Law Relative to Providing Certain Parameters for Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities - February 10, 2015

HB 1502 Induced Termination of Pregnancy Statistics - January 16, 2014

SB 319 Relative to Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities - January 28, 2014

Letter from Bishop Peter A. Libasci Opposing HR 6 - A Resolution Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision and Affirming Support for its Holding and Principles - February 14, 2013

HB 483 Relative to Information Regarding Abortion - February 14, 2013

HB 217 Amending the First and Second Degree Murder Status and the Negligent Homicide Statute to Include Causing the Death of a Fetus - April 26, 2012

HB 1679 Relative to Partial-Birth Abortion - April 12, 2012

HB 1659 Women's Right to Know Act Regarding Abortion Information - April 12, 2012

HB 1660 Relative to Abortions After 20 Weeks - April 12, 2012

HB 629 Relative to Induced Termination of Pregnancy Statistics -February 10, 2015

HB 403 Repealing the Law Relative to Providing Certain Parameters for Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities - March 31, 2015

HB 329 Requiring Parental Notification before Abortion - February 17, 2011

HB 1454 Parental Consent for Medical Procedures - January 19, 2010

HB 1662 Relative to Informed Consent for Abortions - January 19, 2010 

Additional Resources:

Vatican II, The Church in the Modern World (n. 27)

The Gospel of Life

Catechism of the Catholic Church (ns. 2270–2273)

Declaration on Procured Abortion

Life Insight (USCCB)

More Information from the USCCB on Abortion

Understanding New Hampshire Abortion Law . . . and What You Can do to Help