Fact Check: Sununu Has a Full-On Meltdown Over His Anti-Choice Record
Sununu Can’t Handle the Truth About His History of Defunding Planned Parenthood, Attacking Reproductive Rights
In an unhinged interview with The Pulse of New Hampshire’s Jack Heath this morning, Chris Sununu had a full-on meltdown when asked about criticism of his anti-choice record and history of attacking reproductive health care in New Hampshire.
Sununu falsely claimed that “I've supported these family planning contracts and I have for years” — despite the fact that he bragged about being the self-proclaimed “deciding vote” to block funding for Planned Parenthood in 2015. And in an effort to deflect from his record of signing an abortion ban and mandatory ultrasounds into law, Sununu falsely claimed that advocates for reproductive rights are making “baseless attacks on me.”
“The truth hurts. Chris Sununu is the most anti-choice governor in New Hampshire history — and he is clearly in full-on panic mode that he is being called out for his extreme, anti-woman agenda,” said NHDP spokesperson Grace Hagerty. “No amount of complaining can hide the fact Chris Sununu voted to defund Planned Parenthood, signed into law an abortion ban, and required mandatory ultrasounds. That is Sununu’s record.”
Read the Truth About Sununu’s Anti-Choice, Anti-Reproductive Health CareRecord:
Chris Sununu Cast the Deciding Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood When He Served on the Executive Council.
Chris Sununu Signed An Abortion Ban and Mandatory Ultrasounds into Law.
In June, Sununu signed an abortion ban into law that imposes criminal penalties and prison time for doctors and makes no exceptions for rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomaly. [Seacoast Online, 7/1/21]
Sununu also signed into law mandatory ultrasounds for any woman seeking an abortion. [Seacoast Online, 7/1/21]
Sununu’s abortion ban also included criminal and civil penalities for doctors who perform abortion services. [NHPR, 6/22/21]
Chris Sununu Has Supported the Confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Who Now Threaten Reproductive Rights on the National Stage.
In 2018, Sununu signed another letter saying he stood “in support” of Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination and encouraged the Senate to “move expeditiously” to confirm him. [Concord Monitor, 7/29/18]
In 2020, Sununu refused to stand up to McConnell and oppose the confirmation of Justice Coney Barrett, and encouraged her advancement through the confirmation process on a Facebook Live video. [WMUR, 10/9/20]
Sununu Appointed an Anti-Choice Chief Justice to the New Hampshire Supreme Court
Sununu has nominated anti-choice judges — including Gordon Macdonald, who represented anti-choice organizations and supported anti-choice candidates — to the New Hampshire Supreme Court., [Concord Monitor, 6/28/19 and Valley News 6/17/19]
And last week, Sununu’s Hand-Picked Executive Council Did Exactly What He Did in 2015: Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood
Executive Councilor Dave Wheeler voted to defund Planned Parenthood four seperate times while on the Executive Council — and had even won the praise of anti-abortion extremists for “leading the fight” to defund Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire. Sununu strongly backed Wheeler’s campaign to the Executive Council, saying “New Hampshire needs Dave back on the council now more than ever, and I strongly urge the citizens of Executive Council District 5 to vote for Dave Wheeler.” Wheeler voted for a fifth time last week to defund Planned Parenthood.
In 2016, Ted Gatsas opposed funding for Planned Parenthood — yet Sununu endorsed and campaigned with Gatsas during his reelection campaign last year Last week, Gatsas voted to defund Planned Parenthood.
Last year, Chris Sununu endorsed Executive Councilor Joe Kenney, who had previously voted three times to defund Planned Parenthood and pledged to do it again during his 2020 campaign. Last week, Kenney voted a fourth time to defund Planned Parenthood.
Just weeks after Executive Council candidate Janet Stevens explicitly pledged to defund Planned Parenthood last year, Chris Sununu gave her a full-throated endorsement and helped raise money for her campaign. Last week she voted to defund Planned Parenthood.