American Independent: Supposedly 'pro-choice' NH Gov. Sununu campaigns with anti-abortion candidates
In case you missed it, the American Independent published a story highlighting the hypocrisy of Governor Sununu’s position on abortion, and the lies he’s told to hide his anti-choice history and cowering to the extreme right wing of his party.
Read the full story here.
Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, who is running for re-election, has recently toured New England to endorse or support other GOP gubernatorial candidates who vocally oppose abortion rights. This has earned Sununu -- who has repeatedly claimed he is 'pro-choice' -- criticism from pro-abortion advocates.
Despite calling himself pro-choice, Sununu signed New Hampshire's first modern-age abortion ban into law in 2021, ignoring the majority of public opinion and opposing nearly 200 medical professionals, according to the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund. The organization called the ban, included in a state budget law, "the most regressive anti-reproductive health care budget in New Hampshire history."
"Governor Sununu is about as far from a pro-choice governor as you can get," Monica Venzke, spokesperson for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, told The American Independent Foundation.
A few days later, however, when asked about his views on abortion restriction in a podcast interview, Sununu defended New Hampshire's 24-week abortion ban and proudly proclaimed he was the "first governor in 40 years to sign" any abortion ban.
"From signing New Hampshire's first modern abortion ban ... and touting that ban on a national conservative podcast, to campaigning with anti-choice extremists, there is no world in which Sununu is pro-choice," Venzke told the American Independent Foundation. "He has spent the entirety of his career cowering to the extremists of his party and attacking our right to choose, and he has no intention of stopping."
Last month, Sununu’s handpicked Executive Council voted to defund Planned Parenthood and several other family planning providers across the state for the fourth time.
"This is Sununu’s handpicked Executive Council, and he is responsible for this outcome today," Venzke said in a statement at the time. "These Republican Councilors continue to use his abhorrent abortion ban as an excuse to defund cancer screenings and contraception. This decision comes as no surprise, but is devastating all the same."