Breaking: Sununu Makes Clear He Is Anti Choice, Will Support Abortion Ban Without Exceptions In N.H.
Concord, N.H. -- This morning, Governor Chris Sununu made clear his anti-choice positions and promised to sign an abortion ban, with no exceptions for rape or incest in New Hampshire. This ban includes felony penalties -- of up to 7 years in prison -- against doctors. In a radio interview this morning with NH Today’s Chris Ryan, Sununu voiced his support for an abortion ban -- which includes no exceptions for rape or incest -- that Senate Republicans have forced into the state budget. Sununu praised the budget, telling Ryan that Senate Republicans “did a great job” putting it together. “There shouldn’t be any doubt: Governor Chris Sununu is anti-choice and supports restricting abortion. By promising to sign Senate Republicans’ anti-choice legislation, Chris Sununu made clear he supports an abortion ban without exceptions for rape or incest,” said NHDP spokesperson Gates MacPherson. In an interview with WMUR in 2020, Sununu lied to New Hampshire voters, saying that “I’m not looking to make any changes on” abortion restrictions. By announcing his support for this provision of the Senate GOP’s budget, Sununu has broken that promise to voters. The Governor’s support for the budget is just the latest sign that he backs restrictions on women’s reproductive freedom. In 2015, Chris Sununu cast the deciding vote to defund Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire. In 2016, Sununu made clear that he would support an abortion ban at just 20 weeks. Last year, he vetoed the Reproductive Health Parity Act which would have prevented insurance companies from restricting access to abortion even when medically necessary, and he directed taxpayer dollars meant for COVID-19 relief to an anti-choice faux health care center known as a pregnancy crisis center. Listen to the interview here. Transcript: CHRIS RYAN: So the Senate budget proposal also would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion after the second trimester into the third trimester or twenty four weeks, except if there is a emergency circumstance. Would you veto the budget if that is included as a part of it, or do you agree with that legislation? CHRIS SUNUNU: No. So, look, I'm a pro-choice governor, but like most citizens of the state of New Hampshire, I do not think that we should be doing a late-term or, you know, these these, you know, at the very last minute type abortions. That's all this really touches upon. And I think most people agree that that's that's not appropriate. So, no, I wouldn't necessarily veto a budget over that.