Apparently, Governor Chris Sununu thinks defunding Planned Parenthood is funny — and that Granite Staters voicing their concerns about his cuts to reproductive care are just a “lot of drama.” This morning in an interview with Chris Ryan’s NH Today, Governor Sununu dismissed Granite Staters’ protesting his Executive Council’s vote to defund Planned Parenthood as just a “lot of drama.” Sununu’s remarks come just a day after he laughed while his Executive Council defunded Planned Parenthood. Listen to Chris Sununu dismiss concerns about defunding Planned Parenthood as a “lot of drama.” And watch Chris Sununu laugh as his Executive Council defunds Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire.
“It tells you everything you need to know about Chris Sununu that he literally laughed while his Executive Council voted to defund health care for New Hampshire women and families,” said NHDP spokesperson Gates MacPherson. “Laughing while defunding Planned Parenthood and dismissing women’s concerns as a ‘lot of drama’ is deeply offensive to the women who now have to worry about how they can access cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and birth control. Chris Sununu may think it’s funny to threaten access to reproductive health care for Granite Staters — but Granite Staters stand squarely against the Governor’s anti-choice agenda.” Sununu has done more than any governor in New Hampshire history to erode access to reproductive health care. His budget included an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomaly, requires mandatory ultrasounds, and creates felony penalties for doctors. Sununu himself cast the deciding vote to defund Planned Parenthood in 2015 — and vigorously backed anti-Planned Parenthood Executive Council candidates during last year’s elections. Sununu also supported the anti-choice Supreme Court justices who ruled earlier this month to render Roe vs. Wade meaningless in Texas.