While holding her baby in her arms, a New Hampshire legislator delivered a pro-abortion speech to the House of Representatives of her state.
A week after having given birth to her daughter, Democratic State Rep. Amanda Toll used time from her maternity leave to support an abortion amendment on the basis that she had had one:
Just a week after the birth of my child, it has been difficult to think about giving a speech. As one of millions of women who have had abortions, I am here today. I received abortion care as a teenager. This allowed me to attend college, graduate school, receive an M.Ed., and become a state legislator.
It allowed me to give birth to my children at the time I felt ready. This includes the little girl I had just last week. The birth of my third child has re-energized my commitment to ensuring that all Granite Staters, including Daniella, have the right to decide their own reproductive choices.
Toll’s remarks were made while she spoke in support of the New Hampshire Constitutional Amendment Concurrent Resolution 23 legislation, which she sponsored:
New Hampshire Rep. Amanda Toll holds her newborn baby in her arms while promoting legislation to kill babies in abortions.
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Cornerstone Action, a New Hampshire pro-life organization, took to social media to refute her claim:
Rep. Amanda Toll delivered a floor address for CACR 23, a bill that would have re-legalized the abortion of unborn children in NH. She was holding her baby. A week ago, she could have killed her daughter legally. I thank all legislators for voting down CACR 23 and standing up for preborn child rights.
Toll said that having an abortion when she was a teenager allowed her to live a happier life. It’s important to note that a woman’s happiness and success should not come at the expense of her child. This is a lie, and women deserve to be treated better.
The amendment aims to include the “fundamental rights to abortion” in the state constitution. This would allow abortions up to 24 weeks, and even beyond if doctors approve.
The text reads:
Each individual has the right to an abortion. A state cannot restrict, delay, or penalize the right of abortion before 24 weeks unless there is a compelling interest of the state that can be achieved with the least restrictive measures. Once 24 weeks have passed, the state is not allowed to prohibit an abortion if it is deemed necessary by an attending physician. When making a professional judgment, the physician must apply the standard of care.
The current New Hampshire abortion law allows for abortions up to 24 weeks, and then only if the woman’s health or life is in danger.
After the debate, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed the measure with a vote of 193 to 184. This is still well below the 60 percent required for the measure to be advanced. All but seven Republicans opposed the measure.
To amend the state Constitution, 60 percent of both legislative chambers must support it and two-thirds of voters in a general election are required.