“Without information, there is no ‘truly informed choice,’”
says AULA’s Dan McConchie.
CONCORD, NH (01-24-12) – AUL Action Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel McConchie called on New Hampshire legislators to vote in favor of HB1659, the Women’s Right to Know Act, which would ensure women have the ability to hear all of the medical details about abortion and have 24 hours to consider the information before making a decision. The bill, based on Americans United for Life’s model legislation, would ensure women are fully informed before making a decision they may later regret.
McConchie addressed the Judiciary Committee of the New Hampshire Legislature on the bill sponsored by state Rep. Jeanine Notter. Before the committee, he noted that even the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledges that “informed consent laws ensure that women receive the information they need and want to make a truly informed ‘choice.’ Without information, there is no ‘truly informed choice.’” McConchie noted that AUL aggressively works in states to ensure women receive the truth about abortion and its painful consequences. Informed consent laws are currently in effect in 31 states.
Additionally, McConchie testified on behalf of HB1653, a bill to protect the right of conscience of healthcare providers. McConchie testified, “There is an important public health interest in ensuring the protection of conscience rights; forcing healthcare professionals to choose between their consciences and their careers will only heighten the current healthcare provider shortage. In a survey conducted in 2008, 91 percent of faith-based physicians agreed with the statement, ‘I would rather stop practicing medicine altogether than be forced to violate my conscience.’”
To read McConchie’s entire testimony, click here.