In case you missed it, at yesterday’s Executive Council meeting, Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington called out Governor Sununu for misleading the people of New Hampshire on the nature his abortion ban and his hypocrisy surrounding it.
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Medicaid reimbursement rate increases for birthing units around the state were approved Wednesday as Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington spoke of the long-term damage being done to maternal health-care since the state’s new abortion ban went into effect.
The Concord Democrat said it is becoming harder for the state to attract and retain physicians, and the ban leads to operating room decisions that put women’s lives and doctors’ liberties in jeopardy.
Warmington vigorously challenged Gov. Chris Sununu’s comparison of New Hampshire’s abortion ban as being the same as New York’s and Massachusetts’, saying doctors here have to decide between whether to save the life of the mother or be found guilty of the crime of performing an abortion after 24 weeks.
Warmington lit into the governor when the discussion at the table turned to the issue of abortion early into the meeting.
The Republican-backed council has also voted to oppose funding for family planning services at a handful of centers that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood. Shibinette has said in the past that that is adding to the problem of accessing reproductive health for many women of modest means.
Warmington said she is being told by officials at DHMC that it is very tough to recruit people into the field here in New Hampshire now when the state has such abortion restrictions, particularly aspects of criminal charges for physicians doing the care they have done here for years.
“But when a mother comes in and she is hemorrhaging, a doctor has to sit there and make a decision about whether we are talking ‘is this mother going to die? Is it 100 percent chance she is going to die or is it 90 percent chance?’ And that doctor has to make that decision with the awareness that he or she might go to jail if she makes the wrong call. So it is not the same as Massachusetts. You need to stop saying that because you are misleading the public. You have a ban that is endangering the lives of women in our state. You need to stop saying that it is the same in Massachusetts” [Councilor Cinde] Warmington said.
She said the whole new abortion ban should be thrown out in the state but particularly onerous is the provision about physicians having to decide or face criminal liability.
“You’ve got physicians put in a very, very bad spot and it is really a danger to the health of women and the lives of women in New Hampshire,” [Councilor Cinde] Warmington said.