CITIZEN VOICES® Divided opinion on banning abortion after viability – 429 participants

Mar 02, 2017

New Hampshire law does not currently have an abortion ban after a fetus reaches a certain gestational age, though a bill to do so was considered and then killed in the Legislature this year. Read more about this issue. On March 2, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH ban abortion after viability, usually considered to be between 21 to 26 weeks of gestational age?”

Should NH ban abortion after viability?

Abortion Viability New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 429 participants gave 1,191 responses.

A total of 91% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 9% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 429 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,191 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

What Participants Said

Yes: A slight majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 51%, were in favor of banning abortion after viability. 

  • “A 21 week old fetus can survive and many have. If the baby can survive then the act of abortion should be murder.”
  • “Give a voice to the unborn that deserves a chance to live. Women have a choice. Don't have sex without protection!”
  • “Abortion should be banned regardless.  All humans have human rights, not just the ones we choose.”

No: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 49%, were opposed to banning abortion after viability.   

  • “I do think women and their doctors should make this choice. This is a medical issue and the government should not be involved.”
  • “These are only performed when the fetus will not be viable (serious deformity, lack of brain activity, etc.) or the mother's life is in danger. This is uncommon, but should not be illegal.”
  • “Unnecessary to legislate.  Not many abortions happen during this time frame and those that do already trigger the exceptions.  The very few remaining cases can be resolved between doctors and patients without government intervention.”

Other: As noted above, 9% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Sharing personal stories: “I was not supposed to be a viable life. I was encouraged strongly to be aborted by my mother's doctors.”
  • Relevance of points of view: “Frankly if you can’t get pregnant, you should have nothing to say one way or another.”
  • Uncertainty: “This is just too complicated to answer with a simple yes or no.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Related Bill

HB 578 (2017)
Bill Status: Tabled in the House
Hearing date: Feb 01, 2017

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