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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bill gives judges more time in NH abortion cases

CONCORD (AP) – 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 younger than 18 to have a parent waive the notice requirement or to petition the court to let them get an abortion without telling their parents.