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An Update On The Abortion Debate

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With two stubborn, diametrically opposed sides, the country’s abortion debate has moved very little in either direction since Roe v. Wade 40 years ago. While polls indicate most Americans do not support overturning the landmark supreme court decision to allow abortions, many do support some limitations on the procedure. And it’s in this direction that many state legislatures have swung recently, with a record number of restrictions passed since 2010.  While this trend is changing the landscape for abortion access in some parts of the country, New England continues to be an exception. For example, while several New Hampshire bills this year would have restricted abortions, they didn’t go anywhere, and the only one that’s gaining traction is widely seen as supporting abortion rights.


  • Bryan McCormack – executive director for Cornerstone, a conservative public policy think tank
  • Laura Thibault – executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire


  • John Cebrowski – Republican representative from Bedford. He co-sponsors the bill that seeks to require more licensing for abortion facilities.
  • Jennifer Frizzell – New Hampshire senior policy advisor for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
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