In case you missed it, the Concord Monitor’s Paul Steinhauser wrote about how Chris Sununu is continuing to face backlash for his anti-choice, anti-reproductive health care record after his Executive Council voted to defund Planned Parenthood and other family planning organizations. As a result, thousands of Granite Staters may no longer be able to access affordable primary and preventive health care. Sununu’s Executive Council’s vote to defund Planned Parenthood comes just months after Sununu signed into law an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomaly, which includes felony penalties for doctors and a mandatory ultrasound requirement. Concord Monitor: On the Trail: Sununu targeted on abortion By Paul Steinhauser Key Excerpts:
As the calendar turns from summer to autumn and 2022 campaign politics starts to heat up in New Hampshire, the always combustible issue of abortion is front and center.
New Hampshire Democrats are following through on their vows to make Republican Gov. Chris Sununu pay a political price for signing a state budget – one that Republicans showcased as the most conservative in decades – that includes a ban on abortions after 24 weeks of gestation and mandatory ultrasounds for all women before a pregnancy is terminated.
“Governor Sununu just signed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in New Hampshire history. It could put doctors in jail for up to seven years. Requires a mother to deliver her baby, even if it can’t survive. And there are no exceptions for rape or incest,” says a female narrator in a new ad hitting the airwaves this week.
The spot comes from Amplify NH, a progressive advocacy group formed this summer that’s aggressively taken aim at Sununu, who has yet to decide if he’ll challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan next year, run for reelection for a fourth two-year term steering New Hampshire, or return to the private sector.
Amplify NH tells the Monitor that it’s spending at least $1 million – a very sizeable amount – to run the commercial on broadcast and cable TV in the Granite State as well as on digital platforms.
After Sununu in late June signed into law the budget passed by the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives and Senate, the New Hampshire Democratic Party and allied outside groups pledged “over the coming weeks and months” to “aggressively hold Sununu accountable.” Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund almost immediately started running digital ads taking aim at the governor over the abortion issue.
The new ad by Amplify NH comes in the wake of last week’s vote by the four Republicans on the five-member Executive Council to defund three family health care facilities operated by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Equality Health Center, and Lovering Health Center. The facilities provide low-cost care to roughly 12,000 people, with most receiving cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing and treatment through the state’s family planning program. But all three also provide abortion services.
“This is not a pro-choice governor. This is not even a pro-women governor,” Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a former three-term governor, said at the beginning of the week during a news conference with the other members of the state’s congressional delegation, including Hassan. [...]
Read the full article at the Concord Monitor.