The Watch List: Bills We’re Following
SB 421 updates state law to guarantee that women can access prescription birth control without costly cost-sharing (such as co-pays and deductibles). It also would allow 12-month birth control prescriptions.
We support SB 421 because birth control is basic preventive healthcare for women and has improved the lives of women and families for generations. Removing costly barriers to prescription birth control means more women can choose highly-effective methods that save money in the long run. Allowing 12-month prescriptions removes an arbitrary barrier to birth control, reduces the risk of unintended pregnancy, and helps New Hampshire women plan their futures.
HB 1319 prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in housing, employment, and public accommodations.
We support HB 1319 because all people should be able to live authentic lives without fearing discrimination in housing, at work, and in public spaces. Transgender women face disproportionate rates of discrimination, harassment, and violence in all areas of their lives. HB 1319 is an important step toward making sure that all women have safety and opportunity.
HB 628 establishes a paid family leave insurance program for New Hampshire workers.
We support HB 628 because nobody should have to choose between making ends meet and caring for a new baby, an aging parent, or a sick spouse. Paid family leave is a smart investment in New Hampshire’s workforce.
HB 1287 reaffirms that 13-year-old girls and 14-year-old boys may get married to partners of any age (including adults) if one of the individuals is pregnant or a member of the armed forces.
The marriage of a 13-year-old girl to an adult – which HB 1287 would continue to allow – is unconscionable. Child marriage puts girls’ health, safety, education, and economic security at risk. New Hampshire should find a 21st-century solution to the question of child marriage rather than reaffirming an outdated law.
Learn more in our Gender Matters NH Marriage issue.