To The Daily Sun,
This is the tenth of my reports to the voters of Hill and Franklin on what is happening in Concord. This past week was not very busy, but it has had one very vocal hearing. As I said last week, Senate Bill 66 on fetal homicide was before the committee. The emotions on this ran high and I received many emails, pro and con.
The hearing was on Wednesday, the 22nd. This bill defines a baby (fetus) as a victim if it is harmed during an attack on the mother. It sets the baby's gestation age as 21 weeks for the legal age for a crime. Let's be honest. It is a baby from conception and it should be defended. Thirty-eight other states have varying definitions for harming a baby. New Hampshire does not. We heard from a mother who was involved in an automobile accident only weeks before she was due to deliver a baby girl. When she woke up from an induced coma several weeks later she learned that the baby had died and her injuries will prevent her from having more children. To make it worse the person who hit her head-on was not charged and she could not even get a birth or death certificate for the child because it had died in her womb. The big point of contention from the opponents is giving the unborn baby any personhood even in cases like this. This is just wrong and we have to pass this bill.
SB-10, a bill to give aid to dairy farmers who were hurt in recent drought, was on the agenda for the House session on Thursday. I come from a farming family and we saw the ups and downs of the weather. Most of us are out of the business now but in the end I could not support this bill. I have a difficult time giving government aid to a specific section of farmers when we do not give it to all, and that is not going to happen.
Franklin and Hill
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