Long time right-to-life activist and state Representative Kathleen Souza (R-Manchester) says she is writing legislation that would require licensing and inspections for health clinics that perform abortions.
Abortion clinics in New Hampshire like Planned Parenthood are considered physician offices, and therefore do not require special licensing and inspections.
"In New Hampshire, there is no such thing as an abortion clinic - the majority of abortions are done in doctors offices," wrote Kris Neilsen, communications director for the state Department of Health and Human Services.
"Nobody has oversight," said Souza, according to the Union Leader. "Right-to-life people have been trying to put in legislation for 20 years to require abortion clinic licensing and clinic inspections."
Souza's actions were prompted by the high-profile conviction of Dr. Kermit Gosnell for several gruesome, late-term abortions in Pennsylvania.
Jane Munson, former medical director of the Concord Feminist Health Center, said she and other pro-choice advocates wouldn't necessarily oppose greater oversight and licensure.
"We have nothing to hide, and we know the quality of our services," Munson told the Union Leader.
However, Munson cautioned that new, strict regulations that force abortion clinics to close might force women to seek out the services of illegitimate doctors such as Gosnell.
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