Shaheen Launches “Know Your Rights” Abortion Guide for Granite Staters

August 01, 2022

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released a guide to help inform Granite Staters about what health care services and resources are available in the wake of the Supreme Court’s dangerous decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The Know Your Rights Guide: Reproductive Care in New Hampshire provides information on deadlines and locations to access abortion care, as well as links to financial help and legal resources for patients.  

“The Supreme Court’s dangerous decision to overturn Roe v. Wade left millions of women seeking abortions with fewer rights and less access to essential health care. As we navigate this shocking new normal, many have been left confused and unsure of what care and family planning services are available and where. That’s why I created this reproductive care guide for Granite Staters to know their rights and access the services they need,” said Senator Shaheen. “This guide combats misinformation and lays out resources like where to find abortion care, how to pay for it and what’s covered by health insurance. Knowing the facts empowers women and patients to make decisions that are best for them and their families. Access to the full spectrum of reproductive care can be the difference between life and death, and I remain committed to fighting for patients’ rights to comprehensive health care and bodily autonomy.”  

You can access the full reproductive care guide here. Check out some highlights below:   

Know Your Rights Guide: Reproductive Care in New Hampshire 

Abortions are still safe and legal in New Hampshire.  

  • Granite Staters can still schedule an abortion up to 24 weeks in most cases.  
  • There are exceptions for abortions after 24 weeks when the life of the parent is in danger or in cases of fatal fetal anomalies.  
  • In response to public outcry, the ultrasound mandate for abortions was reversed and is no longer in effect.   
  • For patients under 18 seeking an abortion in New Hampshire, parental notification is required 48 hours before an abortion. A judge can overrule that requirement. 

There are family planning providers across the state who perform abortion procedures.  

  • You can use the search engine on Reproductive Equity Now (a Massachusetts-based organization) to type in your zip code and find the closest abortion care provider to you in New England.   

Know your rights around access to care and health insurance coverage.   

  • Most public and private health insurance covers the costs of family planning counseling, birth control and other preventative services. That includes:  
    • Birth control pills, IUDs, emergency contraception like Plan B, sterilization procedures and patient education. More information on coverage requirements is available here.  
    • Wellness visits including pap smears and breast exams, prenatal care, breast and cervical cancer screenings, STI counseling, interpersonal violence screenings and more.