Massachusetts-based group launches online guide to abortion access in New England – New Hampshire Bulletin
A Massachusetts-based reproductive rights group has launched a online guide to abortion access in New England, citing threats to abortion access, including New Hampshire’s new 24-week ban.
Reproductive equity now, formerly NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Foundation, lists eight abortion providers in New Hampshire, how many weeks into a pregnancy they will terminate, and what to know about using insurance to cover abortion costs. For those with Medicaid or public health insurance, coverage is only available in cases of rape, incest, or if the pregnancy threatens the life or health of the mother, for example.
The site also prominently notes what it does not include: links to centers that say they educate women about abortion without offering abortions or referrals to providers or, in some cases , emergency contraception. On their websites, some centers advertise themselves as an alternative to an “abortion clinic” and include links to blogs calling it abortion murder.
Reproductive Equity Now explains why on her site: “They tend to ‘counsel’ a pregnant woman by engaging in a long discussion about fetal development, providing misinformation about the alleged ‘dangers’ of abortion and pressuring the individual to choose parenthood or adoption”. .
Finding sources of financial assistance for abortions is harder to come by.
The financial aid page primarily directs users to insurance options with a link in a small policy that lists additional private sources, including the Reproductive Freedom Fund of New Hampshire launched in 2019. This week, the organization at nonprofit had spent more than $84,000 to help more than 220 patients pay for abortions they cannot afford.
New Hampshire’s new abortion restriction makes an exception after 24 weeks for the life or health of the mother, but not for rape, incest, or fatal fetal abnormalities that prevent a baby from surviving alone outside the womb.
A Republican-sponsored bill that has narrowly passed the Chamber and is before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week would add an exception for fatal fetal abnormality. In February, the The Senate rejected the law change to include this exception.