In a largely symbolic move, New Hampshire is adding to its books Jan. 1 its second law limiting abortion – the state’s only such law affecting adults – a ban on partial-birth abortions. It is the only survivor of five major abortion-related bills acted on by the outgoing House and Senate, where Republicans enjoyed supermajorities.

Democratic Gov. John Lynch’s veto was overridden by the Legislature despite an existing federal ban on the procedure. Supporters said they didn’t trust the federal government to prosecute its law.

Doctors who violate the ban under the new law can be charged with a felony, jailed for up to 10 years and fined up to $100,000. The mother cannot be prosecuted.

Source: The Boston Globe