Democratic governor candidate says abortion law 'puts New Hampshire women in extreme risk'
In case you missed it, the American Independent wrote an article highlighting Dr. Tom Sherman, Democratic candidate for governor, and his plan to protect abortion rights in New Hampshire.
His opponent, incumbent Governor Chris Sununu, signed New Hampshire’s first modern abortion ban in June of 2021, which made no exceptions for rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomaly.
Read the full article here.
Dr. Tom Sherman is the Democratic nominee for governor of New Hampshire running against incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.
"I've always felt that a woman should have the right to make her own health care decisions, period,” Sherman told the American Independent Foundation in an interview. “There's just no role for the government being in between that process of medical decision-making."
Sherman, a physician, has served two terms as a state representative and two as a state senator. As the only medical doctor in the New Hampshire Senate, Sherman said, he sees his role as that of an educator on health care issues for his colleagues in the legislature.
Sherman, who in 2016 was one of four state lawmakers honored by the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC for their "commitment to women's health," said that if he is elected governor, he would work to repeal the state's current 24-week ban on abortion.
Sununu signed the 24-week ban into law in June 2021 as part of the state's budget.
Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund called the ban "the most regressive anti-reproductive health care budget in New Hampshire history."
New Hampshire Public Radio reported In May that Sununu told the host of the podcast "Three Martini Lunch" that he had done "more on the pro-life issue, if you will, than anyone." In August, Sununu toured New England states to endorse or support other GOP gubernatorial candidates who vocally oppose abortion rights, which earned him criticism from pro-abortion advocates.
Sununu was willing to sign a bill that forced a woman to have an invasive procedure, even though it wasn't medically necessary," Sherman told the American Independent Foundation. "To me, that is egregious. And if you can imagine a woman who is the victim of a sexual assault having to be instrumented to have an abortion, having to have something that's unnecessary."
"That abortion ban puts New Hampshire women in extreme risk," he continued. "Because if they have a tragic complication in the third trimester, their team, their doctors and nurses have to make a decision: Does this threaten the life of the mother? Or is this only threatening the health of the mother? And if I move too slowly, the mother and the fetus may die. If I move too quickly, I may face a felony charge."
During his term in the Legislature, Sherman helped negotiate Medicaid expansion, which significantly improved access to health care for low-income women.
According to Sherman's campaign website, if elected, he "would work to codify Roe v. Wade in statute and affirm that women should have the freedom to choose."
"My stance is that we replace Sununu's abortion ban with the protections of Roe v. Wade because New Hampshire is the only state in New England that does not have an affirmative right to abortion in statute," Sherman said.
"I think anyone in the state of New Hampshire who believes that Sununu will defend their reproductive rights or one's right to make her own health care decisions is just not paying attention," Sherman said.