The New Hampshire State Senate voted on Wednesday, without debate, to kill a bill passed by the New Hampshire State House that sought to establish a mandatory 24 hour waiting period before a woman could get an abortion. The House voted 198-100 on May 15 to include the provision in a business tax-credit bill even though the Senate had already voted last month against a different bill that sought to impose a 24 hour waiting period.
The state Senate passed the legislation to preserve the tax-credit portions of the bill. New Hampshire State Senate President Peter Bragdon said, "I think the Senate generally felt that that on issues related to business and taxes, distracting it with some of the social issues was not something the Senate wanted to revisit."
26 States require a 24 hour waiting period. Earlier this month, Utah became the first state to enact a mandatory 72-hour waiting period.
Media Resources: Associated Press 5/24/12; New Hampshire Public Radio 5/24/12; Concord Monitor 5/24/12; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/16/12
6/18/2013 Supreme Court Strikes Down Proof of Citizenship Voter Requirements - On Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship before being allowed register to vote.
In an opinion written [PDF] by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Court ruled that the Arizona statute violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA, also known as the "Motor Voter Law") of 1993, which created a federal form that individuals can mail in to register to vote in federal elections. . . .
6/18/2013 Pakistani Women's University Bus, Hospital Bombed - A bus for a women's university in Pakistan and the hospital that treated victims from the blast were bombed on Saturday, killing 14 students and 24 others at the hospital.
The bus was transporting female students and teachers from Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University in Quetta, located in the southwestern part of Pakistan. . . .
6/18/2013 Taliban Attack In Afghan Capital As NATO Transfers Power - Yesterday, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) transferred responsibility for the country's security forces to the Afghan government after a bomb blast targeting a political official left three civilians dead in Kabul. . . .