National Abortion Rights Action League

Collection number: MC 334
Size: (29 boxes) (9.5 cu.ft.)

About the National Abortion Rights Action League of N.H. (NARAL-NH)

The National Abortion Rights Action League of N.H. (NARAL-NH) was founded in 1977 as a branch of what is now NARAL Pro-Choice America, eventually gaining more than 2,500 members state-wide. The organization was "dedicated to developing and sustaining a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion." (1998)

The organization's activities included "Organizing hundreds of volunteer activists, naral pro-choice new hampshire's activities include grassroots organizing in targeted areas across the state, activist training and leadership development, voter education, lobbying on behalf of pro-choice policies, lobbying to defeat anti-choice policies, and pro-choice voter identification," as well as proactive legislation ensuring access to comprehensive sex education, contraception, and emergency contraception. NARAL-NH ceased functions in 2016.

About the NARAL-NH Collection

This collection consists of the minutes, correspondence, photographs, press materials/coverage, publications, financial paperwork, and memoribilia of NARAL-NH from 1977-2006. There is a small amount of material from other pro-choice organziations at the end of the collection. The box list in this finding aid was created from a donor-generated folder list. Topics include:

  • Emergency Contraception
  • Legislation both pro-choice and anti-choice
  • Personhood definitions
  • Paternal involvement for women under 18
  • Rights of the father
  • Political stratagy
  • Women's stories before and after Roe v. Wade
  • Politician's positions on choice
  • Availability of abortion services in clinics and hospitals
  • Bias in healthcare counseling and pharmacology
  • Recognizing anti-choice women's health clinics
  • Access to contraception on college campuses in N.H.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder Number], [Box Number], National Abortion Rights Action League of N.H. (NARAL-NH) Papers, 1977-2006, MC 334, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation of Robin McLane, 2018

"Records of NARAL Pro-Choice America, 1977-2017" at Harvard University's Schlesinger Library, Boston, M.A.

Separated Material

A small number of widely available government published lists of politicians were removed and recycled.

Collection Arrangement

Collection is in original order as received. Files are largely chronological with different types of materials mixed together by year. Please note that this collection has been minimally processed and may require more effort on the part of the researcher to use.

Collection Contents

Box 1
Legislative Bills and Publications, 1983-2001

Publications: “In Our Own Words: Collected Recollections in Honor of Roe v. Wade 1910-1998” and “Real Voices: Journeys of 17 Oregonians Before and After Roe v. Wade”; Board of Directors Notes. 1983-1992-2001; Pamphlets – NARAL

Sex Education (HB1453 (2010) Sex education notice (notification of parents); HB1345 (2001) Sex education instruction)

Emergency Contraception (HB484 (2004); SB 343 (2006); HB1492 (2006) Granting immunity from liability to pharmacists who refuse to dispense; HB1276 (2001) Permitting pharmacists to dispense)

Combination bills (HB1340 (2004) Biased counseling; HB1662 (2010) Informed consent and parental consent; HR 22 (2003) Fathers’ rights; HB193 (2003) Right to life; HB1464 (2002) Human cloning; HB602/422/319 (2001))

Personhood (HB217 (2011) Personhood via criminal code; HB1644 (2010) Personhood/criminal justice; HB1649 (2006) Fetal rights; HB1360 (2004) Violent acts toward pregnant women; HB1360 (2003) Unborn child personhood; HB1343 (2003) Homicide for death of fetus; HB1147 (2003) Defense of a fetus) [continues in next box]

Box 2
Legislative Bills continued, 1996-2003

Personhood, continued: HB581 (2003) Death records for aborted fetus; HB319 (2001) Fetus in definition of “another”; HB390 (2001) Live birth infants protection act; HB1292 (2000) Crime of cause of death of unborn child; HB 1367 (1996) Fetus as “another”)

Miscellaneous (HB311 (2003) Family planning services; HB611 (2003) License plate; HB273 (2003) List of prices at pregnancy centers; HB422 (2001) Study for prevention of unintended pregnancies; HB289 (2001) Hospital care for abandoned child; HB602 (2001) Sale of fetal body parts; HB1269 (2001) Requiring HHS to compile abortion statistics; HB1412 (2001) Induced termination of pregnancy statistics; HB1209 (2001) Civil rights for health care providers; HB1177 (2003) Restrictions on abortion)

Parental Involvement: (HB329 (2011) Legal research/ Planning tools and governor; HB1380 (2001) Parental consent; HB1340 (2003) Informed consent (NARAL-NH submission of George W. Bush’s war on the right to choose and the right to privacy (2004)

Box 3
Files, 1968-1987

NH Politics of Abortion, 1968-1987; NARAL brochures; US Supreme Court Record, Roe v. Wade; Abortion, 1954 (article by Sherry Matulis); Keene Sentinel editorials & commentary; Union Leader editorials; Concord Monitor editorials; Press releases; NARAL-NH Board of Directors minutes, 1978-1982; NARAL-NH bylaws; Media coverage, 1977-1987; Media coverage, 1979-1987; NARAL-NH advertisements; National media coverage 1979-1987; Pro-choice lobbying and organizing

Box 4
Files 1974-1987 and undated

1979: Publications by NARAL; NH Feminist Health Center grant; Haymarket grant; Grant proposals; “Womanwise” articles

1980: Fund-raising: Direct mail appeal to national members; Media – abortion, 1980s; Press releases, 1980-1987; Spring newsletter, NARAL-NH; Consultants; Grant proposals, spring 1980 Grants, national NARAL; ERA; Targeting grant, FY87, minors’ access; Fetal rights; Anti-choice impact on scientific research; Late abortions; Waiting periods; Adoption argument; Post-abortion syndrome; Repeat abortions; Mandatory HIV testing of newborns; Abortion access & denial; Silent Scream; House meetings

Box 5
Files 1980-1985

1980 continued: Groups & planning; Bulletin board “stuff”.

1982 & 1983: Campaign NH, 1982; NARAL evaluation 1982; State senate candidates, 1982; Newsletter and pamphlet 1983; Membership committee 1983-1985; Direct mail appeal to physicians.

1984: Membership drive-Concord 5/1984; Membership drive, 10/83; Sample NARAL letters; Plans & goals; Recruitment, leadership development & grassroots fundraising; Bylaws amended 1984; Congressional race District 1, Dudley Dudley 1984; Voting 1984; Letters to Reagan 1984; Board agenda – Political action committee (PAC) ; Voter contact projects

Box 6
Files 1985-1988

House campaign 1986; Presidential candidates 1988; Congressional races 1986

Senate district (letters to Reagan): Manchester district 16, 18, 20; Senate district 24, A-I; Senate district 11, A-I; Unknown senate districts

1985 plans: Testimony on SB 214 (list of testifiers); Letters 1985; Derry & Dover referenda on abortion; Active ministers; NARAL-NH newsletters; Letters to editor; Senate races 1986; NH Family Planning Council survey; Articles by NARAL staff

Box 7
Files 1970s-1988

NARAL-NH taxes; Quarterly reports; Media, 1970s & 1980s; Leadership development; PAC reports; NARAL-NH newsletters; New board members 1987; Primary election information; Bork nomination to Supreme Court; Coalition list 1987

NH strategy; National strategy; NARAL “hits”; Rudman (Sen. Warren Rudman, R-NH); Action alerts 1987; Congressional candidates 1988; NARAL Choice delegate project; Dave Currier Press; PAC report 1988; Evaluations of NARAL-NH PAC

Reproduction rights manual 1988; NH Enlightened on Abortion (article by Andrew Merton, Boston Globe 1988); Susan B. Anthony Dinner & Awards, 1988

Box 8
Files 1986-1990

State legislative races; Sample telephone scripts; National media articles; Remarks by Rev. Potter (legislative testimony); Clippings, media, 1988; Volunteer phone calls; MacEachren campaign; Election evaluation (results and summary of effort, 1990); Roe v. Wade celebration ( Choice Chocolate) 1986-1989; 20-year milestones and Gov. Shaheen’s intro

Washington march, 4/9/1989; Peg Dobbie letters; Media, 1989 – Concord Monitor; US funding analysis, 1989; Webster Press; Media, How-to for press releases; Media, 1989 (and other miscellaneous items) ; Media coverage, Jan. 22, 1989

Box 9
Files and Photos 1990-2000

Election mailers 1990-2000; Evaluation of FY91 plan; Voices of NH Women, 1990; Photos; Media, 1990s; NH direct mail, sample copies; State Senate races; PAC notes and tasks; David Souter nomination to Supreme Court; Op-ed file, Concord Monitor; 1990s Media

Box 10
Files 1990s

Shaheen victory, 1996; Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Supreme Court; Daniel Bromwell, anti-choice activist; Family Planning funding – NH; Campaign for Working Families; Ken Arndt, anti-choice activist; Dr. George Tiller, abortion doctor; Gov. Judd Gregg veto, 1990; Voter guides; Election mailings; NARAL-NH newsletter; PAC reports

High-money donor sample letters; Kate Michelman, NARAL president, visit and luncheon, July, 1993; First Congressional District GOP primary; Photos of petition parade 1990; Choice voter TM project; 2nd Congressional district candidates, 1990; Pro-choice letters

Box 11
Files 1991-1994

NARAL-NH publication, 1991; Newspaper articles; Newsletters; PAC guidelines, 1992; Facing a Future without choice: Report on Reproductive Liberty in America, 1992; Appeals for money; PAC laws

Abortion rights movement goes mainstream (article in Image magazine, 1992); NARAL-NH Board of Directors minutes, 1992 (development, liability, mission); PAC reports; Dick Swett (anti-choice); Voter guides 1992; PAC mailings; 30 Days to Save Choice Campaign; PAC endorsements; School board election analysis 1992-1994; Voter guides primary election; Anti-choice candidates information

Box 12
Files and Editorials 1992-1993

Federal races 1992; NH Senate election, 1992; Optional letterhead; PAC minutes, agendas, policies 1992; Abortion restrictions by state 1998; Presidential campaign visibility activities; Choice as a campaign issue; Ellen Goodman; Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, Legislative strategies; NH Medical Society, 1993; Action alerts; Newsletters, 1993

HB367 roll call; Charlie Bass; Newsletters and alerts HB1225; NH Christian Coalition; Concord Monitor editorial; NH Republicans for Choice; Opinion – Hank Nichols; Foster’s Daily Democrat editorials; Keene Sentinel editorials; RU486- NH test site

Sen. Bob Smith; State Board of Education (LaMontagne)

Box 13
Files 1992-1994

Primary phoning tallies; PAC budget; Statistics- voter contact; PAC candidates information; Primary choice voter guide; Abstinence; Sex Ed; Polling statistics

Op-Ed by Kate Michelman 7/21/93; Presidential primary 1992; Election report; NH Senate races (miscellaneous); Convention delegates program; Choice voter guide samples; NARAL fact sheet; Membership analysis, 1977-1994; Election strategy, 1994; Member appeal

Box 14
Files 1994-1998

General election campaign list; General election results, 1994; Newsletters, 1994; Primary work plan; HB1225 (1994); PAC info and minutes 1994; Legislative alerts 1995; Voter guides 1994; Direct mail; Boston Globe op-eds

Roe v. Wade celebration and fund-raiser 1995; Ellen Goodman, columns; FY95 budget; FY95 Congressional voting record on choice; Norma McCorvey’s conversion (Roe of Roe v. Wade); Candidate info; Partial birth abortion discussion; NARAL media; NARAL-NH Foundation 1998

Box 15
Files 1994-2000

Elections – 1994; Media- 1995; Voter guides; PAC reports – general election, 1996; Dover sex education; Campaign 1996; PAC targeting criteria; PAC reports – primary, 1996; PAC appeals; Democratic convention rules

Primary voters’ guide; Voters’ guide – general; Roe events – 1996-2000; Presidential primary – 1996; Abortion issue in GOP primary; NARAL Presidential profiles; Presidential primary polling, 1996; GOP Presidential candidates (Pete Wilson, Arlen Specter, Colin Powell, Pat Buchanan)

Statement of Joe Granmasion on choice; Op-eds – Foster’s Daily Democrat; Op-eds – Union Leader; Clinic violence – top-drawer issues; Training – 1996 (Helping campaigns win, indirect voter contact); Fact Sheet: Abortions in hospitals 1996

Box 16
Files and Photos 1997-2010

NARAL-NH newsletters; Propaganda; NARAL-NH lobbying reports; Volunteer sign-up; Director’s contract and evaluation; NARAL Foundation; Campaign for Choice – field program; Peg Dobbie’s op-ed, Concord Monitor; Media – 1997

NARAL-NH – 20 Years of Pro-Choice Activism, 1977-1997; Candidates support; Choice-related bills 1998-2010 (15 bills); Choices: Women Speak Out About Abortion (NARAL national); Pro-Choice Idea: Roe v. Wade at 25, by Martha Gershun; Project to Stop the Abortion Ban (Feminist Majority Foundation); Jim Rubin – abortion letter; Roe celebration, 1997 – director’s remarks; Photos and negatives; Reproductive Rights Coalition – Shaheen

Box 17
Files and photos 1997-1999

Voters’ guide – 1998; NARAL-NH newsletters; National Conference 1998; PAC report; Mixed file 1998; Reproductive Rights Coalition; March for Women’s Lives, 1998; NH voters’ statistics; Pregnancy options; Photos

NARAL’s 30th anniversary journal, 1999; Alliance for Justice; Strategies for Creating & Operating PACs; Newsletter alerts; Website. 1997; Roe v. Wade celebration, 1997-1998

Box 18
Files 1999-2001

Media, 1999; Newsletters, 1999; Media, 1999-2000

Organizing: History and Principles; Media, 2000; Powers of US President; Voter guides; New member acquisitions; Electoral background; NARAL PAC NH (NPCNH) election mail; Sample campaign scripts; Action alerts; Building grassroots

2000-2001: Newsletters; Minor abortion – Baylor article (Judicial Bypass of Parental Involvement in a Minor’s Abortion); Mixed file 2001

Box 19
Files 2000-2002

2000-2001 continued: Legislation phone banks 2001; Media 2001-2002; Cash balance sheet; Choice Chocolate cost-benefit analysis; Legislative alert, March, 2001; Assault & related offenses - state law; New brochure

Portsmouth Herald, column, environment & Roe v. Wade Take Wallop; Newsletters; Reproductive Rights Caucus; Choice Chocolates 2002; NH Campaign maps; Senate races

Voter’s guide, 2002; Coordinated grassroots plan for Shaheen; PAC materials; Peer lobbyists; Repeal of NH abortion laws, 2002; Voters guide; PAC mailings; NARAL mailings 2002; Millham for state Senate; Peterson for state Senate; Kalob for state Senate

Box 20
Files 2002-2003; Memorial for Peg Dobbie, 2003

Pro-choice Organizing Project (POP) (2002)

Annual plans, 2003; Newsletters, 2003; Restrictions on abortion, HB 1253; Partial-birth abortion, HB 1220; Legislative alert; Fetal rights; Undue burden fact sheet; Legislative alert; Phone banks; Mandatory parental notification, HB 763

Memorial service for Peg Dobbie, May 3 2003

Box 21
Files 2004-2008

Presidential 2004; Parental consent, HB 763; Peer lobbying; Legislative alerts; Legislative organizing; General elections; PAC 2004; Election ads; Union Leader ad

Restrictions on abortion, HB 1220. (2004); Restrictions on abortion, HB 1177 (2004); Parental notification, HB 1682 (2006); Restrictions on abortion rape and incest, HB 1253 (2008); Media tracking forms; Emergency contraception; Emergency contraception (EC) Pharmacy Access in NH (study by coalition of organizations)

Supreme Court background info: Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, US Supreme Court, 2005 #1; Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, US Supreme Court, 2005 #2

Legislative alert 2005; Legislative alert and notes 2006; Campaign support from NARAL; List rental agreement; Media, 2005; National NARAL (Congressional record on choice, & Voices of Women) 2006; PAC mailings 2006; Legislation, 2008; Miscellaneous, 2008; Roe v. Wade event

Box 22
Files 2009-2010

Newsletters 2009, 2010, 2012; Board minutes, 2009 #1; Roe event, 2008; Financial meeting, 2009; Board minutes, 2009 #2; Short-term plan, August 2009; Board minutes, 2009 #3; Board minutes, 2009 #4; Legislative lunch; Merger watch (hospitals)

Media, 2009; Brankman & Co., CPA report; Parental notification, HB 274, (2009); Planned Parenthood of Northern New England abortion services contract, HB 486 (2009); Parental Notification, HB 531 (2009); Proof of counseling, HB 262 (2009); Budget, 2008-09; Board minutes, April 2009 #5; Interim plan, FY 08; Rollcall votes, 2009

Committees, 2009; (Parental) Notification votes, 2009; Electoral, 2010; Senate candidate questionnaire; PAC planning, 2010; NH Campaign finance – online registration; Special election – Senate District 16; Kuster for Congress, 2010

Box 23
Files 2010-2011

State Senate candidates (re: rental of NARAL mailing list): Molly Kelly, Betty Lasky, Matthew Houde, Amanda Merrill, Martha Fuller-Clark, Michelle Tremblay, Bob Jones, Bob Odell

Grassroots 2010; NH House of Representatives candidates – 2010 (Belknap County, Cheshire County, Coos County, Grafton County, Hillsborough County, Merrimack County, Rockingham County, Strafford County, Sullivan County, Carroll County)

Legislative notes; Gov. Lynch campaign; Parental consent for medical procedures, HB 1454 (2010); Emergency contraception information packet, Kaiser Family Health fact sheet; Choice Chocolate 2010; Targeted regulation of abortion providers 2010; Licensing out-patient abortion facilities, HB 1666 (2010); Defund abortion providers, HB 228 (2011); Brankman CPA contract (2010); Roe event (2010)

Financial report, NARAL PAC-NH (2010); Budget 2010; Catholic medical center and Dartmouth-Mary Hitchcock, HCR 30 (2010); America Votes 2010

Box 24
Files 2011-2012

Miscellaneous board meeting documents 2011; Minors’ access to abortion; Emergency Contraception in NH; Budget 2012; Who Decides? Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in US, 2012; Choice Action Kit – unmasking fake clinics

Budget, 2012; List of bills to watch, 2012; Governor, 2012; House, 2012; Senate, 2012; Targeting, 2012; Voter guides, 2012; Day of Action, 2012; Votes to enter (computerized voting records on 12 bills); America Votes 2012

Presidential Candidates: Where they Stand on Choice (NARAL) July 2011

Box 25
Files 2012-2016, Newsletters 1978-2015

Voter guide; Legislative bad actors 2012; Miscellaneous, 2013; Relative to School District Policies on health and sex education, HB 161; Choice Out Loud: On campus Toolkit (NARAL) (2013); Photos 2013; Family planning Medicaid expansion, SB194; America Votes recommendations for candidates; Relative to information regarding abortion, HB483 (2013) (mandating biased counseling)

HB483 – details; GSP. Summer Accountability Project 2013; We Won’t Go Back, pro-choice NH Roe v Wade celebration; Fetal homicide, 2014; Miscellaneous, 2015; Board notes, 2015-2016; Options for merging with ACLU and disbanding organization, 2016

NARAL -NH newsletters 1978-2015 Folder 1 of 2

Box 26
Newsletters, Events, Press 1978-2015
  • NARAL -NH newsletters 1978-2015 Folder 2 of 2
  • Roe v. Wade celebration (tickets, programs, etc.)
  • NH Press 1985-1989
Box 27
Photos and Media 1979-2001
  • Photos, 1979-1989
  • Roe V. Wade event 1996-1999
  • News clippings 1994-2001
  • Peg Dobbie’s binder (media tracking)
Box 28
Other Organizations in N.H., n.d.

Population Policy Social Justice, and Quality of Life (World Council of Churches); NH Reproductive Rights Council, funding, history, mission; Republicans for Choice; Republicans for Choice in NH

Coalitions: NH Health Care Coalition; Republican Majority Coalition; Commission on the Status of Women; Newsletters and brochures of other organizations; NH for Life; Abortion Rights Coalition; AFL-CIO; 50+1; NH Feminist Health Center; Women’s Lobby 1981-1991

Box 29
Other Coalitions in N.H. cont., n.d.

PPNNE – 1986-89 (Planned Parenthood of Northern New England); Family Planning NH; National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association; Catholics for Free Choice; NH Council of Churches; Unitarian Universalist Association; Operation Rescue; ACLU; Rockingham County Christian Council, candidate poll