Talk about pandering to the radical abortion fanatics that make up the Dem base. The legislation to ban the brutal practice was so overwhelmingly popular the legislation passed both chambers by more than the two-thirds majority necessary to override his veto.
CONCORD – Gov. John Lynch vetoed the bill banning late-term or so-called partial birth abortions on Friday.
In his veto message, Lynch wrote that the bill was too onerous and potentially life-threatening.
It would require that a second, independent physician verify the abortion should take place and be exempt from the ban because the mother’s life is at risk.
Since 2003, federal law has banned late-term abortions except to protect the health of the mother.
“I believe the federal law is appropriately more protective of the life of the pregnant woman,” Lynch wrote. “For all of these reasons, I have vetoed HB 1679.”
Finding a second physician to verify the woman’s medical condition could have disastrous consequences, Lynch said.
“The lapse of time in finding that second physician and obtaining the needed referral could be significant and could result in the death of the pregnant woman,” Lynch wrote.
House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, condemned Lynch’s decision.
“It is unfathomable that Governor Lynch would veto this responsible bill,” O’Brien said in a statement.
“Overriding this veto will be a priority, and I would hope that all the gubernatorial candidates of both parties will join in our efforts.”
The Legislature is expected to take up this veto and others when it returns for a one-day session on June 27.
The House of Representatives and the Senate adopted the legislation by better than the two-thirds majority vote needed to override a governor’s veto.
House Majority Leader Peter Silva, R-Nashua, said Lynch vetoed the bill because of political support from the abortion rights community.
“Once again, the governor has sided with liberal interest groups over the best interests of New Hampshire citizens,” Silva said.