It’s also worth noting that many pregnant women who wish not to be pregnant are vulnerable people: in medical danger, having experienced a sexual trauma, or being simply ill-equipped to become a mother. There are special medical insurance and healthcare opportunities for other vulnerable people – like Medicare Plan G for senior citizens, as an example.
The prioritization of medical care and access for the elderly is great, but we work to put pressure on policy makers to prioritize medical care and access for women – no matter what their circumstance. Treating abortion like it’s a medically anomalous procedure reserved for loose or irresponsible women ignores all of the cases in which abortion is advised and performed by a doctor as a last resort.
We seek to destigmatize women’s healthcare, including abortion and birth control, to the degree that healthcare for the elderly, children, and women can all be discussed in the same breath with the same nuance.
Whether you’re looking for reproductive health for yourself, general care for your advanced age friend or family member, or vaccinations for your child – healthcare that is advised and approved by a medical provider should be readily accessible to you, politics aside.
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Here are a few ways that you can support us:
- With Your Voice: Make sure to follow our social media pages and share our posts with your friends and family. The more we talk about the work we do, the more people know about it.
- Write to Your Lawmakers: We will post updates about current issues regarding New Hampshire residents and ways you can encourage your lawmakers to only support policies that protect a woman’s right to choose.
- Volunteer: We are often looking for volunteers to work in our counseling center, escort patients to reproductive facilities, and offer post-procedure care.
- Donate: We are a 100 percent privately funded organization and all of your donations goes directly to serving our patients and clients.
We only do what we do because of you.
Jessica is the mother of four kids, ranging from 6 to 10 months, and recently found out that she was pregnant with her fifth kid. This news devastated Jessica because, while she loved her children, she had severe complications from her last pregnancy and was afraid for her life and her baby’s if she went through with the pregnancy. A friend referred Jessica to us, and she came to us one day looking for help.
Jessica knows some English, but she is much more comfortable in Spanish, so we set her up with a Spanish-speaking counselor who could ensure that Jessica fully understood all of her options. After sitting down the counselor, Jessica made the decision to have an abortion, but she was very afraid of what her husband much think. So, the counselor, who is also a licensed family therapist, agreed to see the couple together and help Jessica tell her husband about her choice. While he was angry at first, with the counselors help, Jessica was able to explain to her husband why this was the best choice not just for her and the baby but for their entire family.
The counselor then arranged for a volunteer to look after Jessica’s children as her and her husband visited the clinic. She also paid the family a visit a week after the procedure, and both Jessica and her husband expressed gratitude for being able to know their options and make the choice that was best for them.
With the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in 2018, there is a lot of discussion on the future of Roe v. Wade. So, let’s take a look at what we can all do to make sure the right to choose is upheld.
How likely is it that there will be a campaign to overturn Roe v. Wade? Likely. With a republican administration dead set on appealing to their base, which is calling for this ruling to be reexamined, and now a majority conservative Supreme Court, the question is not could this happen but it is when will this happen. For pro-choice activists and supporters of women’s rights, the political landscape looks bleak but there are some good notes and some things we can do.
A big win for pro-choice activities was the 2018 mid-term elections, in which the Democrats won control of the House. This is good news because now the Republicans no longer have control of all three branches of government, and while they do control the Senate, the Democrats now have tools to block some laws and rules that will eliminate rights.
Also, there are still four judges on the Supreme Court who will likely fight to uphold Roe v. Wade, while it is a numbers game and now the conservatives have more on their side, it’s important to remember the work of the four who want to see this ruling stand as is.
So, what can you do? Giving to pro-choice organizations is a great start. These organizations are fighting not just on the federal level but also the state to ensure rights to choose are upheld. You can also volunteer at abortion clinics to escort patients and reassure them that the choice is there. Lastly, vote and pay attention. Another presidential election is only a few years away, but there are still many local races with big impacts happening all the time. We must know what’s going on so we can act to protect our rights.
Each January, cities across the U.S. host Women’s March to uphold and support rights of women and denounce any policies, government action, or intent on destroying already established rights or further halting the progress of women. These marches started in response to the election of Donald Trump to protest is outright disrespect and disregard for women, and they have become a movement in of themselves. A great criticism of these marches is that they are not entirely inclusive, particularly of women of color and transwomen.
Another argument is that Women’s Marches are not friendly spaces for women who are anti-choice but supportive of other women’s rights, such as equal pay and equal opportunity? Can one anti-choice activists be feminists and do they have a right to be Women’s Marches?
A major pillar of feminism is protecting women’s right to choose and allowing women complete and utter control of their own body. In order to uphold women’s rights, one must believe that laws and policies regarding women and their bodies should not be passed, enacted, and followed. While there are many other important issues regarding women’s right, this is the one that can have serious and deadly effects on women if laws like Roe Vs. Wade are not upheld. Women may die if they are not able to access abortions, and giving the power to lawmakers is a symbol that women’s own decisions do not matter.
The Women’s March began stands for a variety of women’s rights, but the absolute most important one is a right to choose. If organizations cannot support that fundamental right of women, then they do not belong at the march and they are not truly respective of women’s rights.
Sometimes on this blog we will be sharing stories of our real clients so that our readers can get a better idea of the work that we do. We change the names and details of these patients, but they are their real stories.
Dana just turned 18 when she found out that she was pregnant. She is a freshman at a local university and met a cute boy at a party. She wasn’t in a relationship with this man, actually hadn’t seen him since the night of the party, when she noticed that her period hadn’t come on time. A pregnancy test revealed her worst fear.
Dana was very overwhelmed about being pregnant, and she came to us to see what her options were. We sat Dana down with one of our counselors, and slowly walked her through all of her options. The counselor was patient and gentle with Dana, and we gave her the information to review on her own, telling her to come back in a few days. Dana did that, and she met with her counselor again, she had come to the conclusion that she wanted an abortion. Being so young and not involved with the father, she did not think this was the right environment to bring a child into. Because of Dana’s age, she does not need to get permission from an adult to seek abortion, so the counselor set her up with an appointment and helped Dana reach out to a friend come along with her.
After the surgery, the counselor called Dana to see how she was doing. She was emotional and in some pain, but ultimately feeling like she had made the right decision. The counselor told her that it was natural to feel the way that she did referred her to a therapist and a doctor.
Dana had such a positive experience with our organization that she is now volunteering with us as a campus ambassador, passing out brochures and condoms to students.
With a governor that is anti-choice and a mixed legislature, pro-choice rights are always at risk. Let’s take at what the current law says about abortion in New Hampshire.
In our state, second-trimester abortions are illegal, unless an independent physician can determine that a woman’s life is at risk. A physician who breaks the law may be held to 10 years in prison and/or $100,000 in fines. This law falls in line with the Federal Abortion ban, which overrules state bans and also prohibits abortion in the second trimester. Neither bans offer exceptions for a woman’s health.
Unlike other states, there are no current measures requiring biased counseling or mandatory waiting days. However, young women under the age of 18 must have parental or guidance consent before getting an abortion, although the mandate can be waived if the young woman’s life is in danger or she has received permission from a judge.
Our laws do indicate that state-funded assistance for healthcare will not cover abortions, unless a woman’s life is in danger or the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. However, New Hampshire does have a program, State Plan Amendment, that provides increased access to family planning for low income families.
Lastly, New Hampshire law states that no one should knowingly enter or remain on a public sidewalk on sidewalk adjacent to the facility.
These laws do offer some protections on a woman’s right to choose, but more can and should be done.
At Pro Choice New Hampshire, we are committed to helping women make the best and right choice for them, whether that is abortion, adoption, or having the baby. We do not discriminate based on sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or gender. Our only mission is to best serve the residents of New Hampshire when it comes to choices about their reproductive health.
One of our main projects is offering counseling to women who are pregnant about their choices. We lay out each option, without judgement, and allow them to decide what is best for them. For women who have already had abortions, we connect them with licensed professionals to help them with an emotional or mental health issues they may be dealing with.
For women who do decide to have an abortion, we walk them through what to expect in the days before the surgery, the day of, and the days after. We help arrange daycare, transportation, and notices of leave to school and work. We even escort women to the facility if they have not already made arrangements. After, we call to check on the women to make sure they are alright and if they need any other assistance.
We also offer family planning and reproductive health to both women, families, and young people. These education classes include resources on how to access birth control, condoms, and STD medications.
Lastly, we advocate for the support and protection of the right to choose at both the local and state level. We are working with lawmakers across the state and in Congress to ensure women’s rights are upheld in all laws and policies.
This is just a bit of what we do. Feel free to connect with us if you want to learn more.
Our work is not just about counseling woman who are considering abortions, but also the entire family. While it is the women’s ultimate decision, we know that these decisions can bring up complicated issues for women and their families.
First, we help women get the support they need for that day. This could include arranging day care for children, getting a doctor’s note to miss work or school, and setting up transportation.
Next, we know that abortions can put strain on relationships so we offer resources to mediators to help work out some out of those issues. We also may refer families to therapy to look at some of the larger issues in the family and why this event caused so much stress.
We also offer family planning classes and education for those who may not understand why how the right to choose is not a selfish cause.
Our goal is to support women and their right to choose, but we also believe in supporting the communities women hail from and making them a safe haven for their choices.