NH bishop urges override of gov’s veto
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Bishop John McCormack is urging legislators to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would require pregnant girls seeking abortions to tell their parents or a judge first.
Gov. John Lynch vetoed the bill last week. He said it was unclear and too narrow. For example, he said he was troubled by the lack of an exception for victims of rape, incest and abuse.
McCormack said on Monday that New Hampshire requires parental consent on many other matters, including tanning, body piercing, employment, and the possession and use of an asthma inhaler. He asked how it makes sense that a child cannot be given an aspirin by a school nurse without the consent of the parent, but that same child can have an abortion without parental notification.