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MUST WATCH: In Brutal Press Conference, Sununu Struggles to Defend Abortion Ban

Sununu Says Forcing Women to Undergo Mandatory Ultrasounds “Doesn’t Define Whether You’re Pro-Choice or Not Pro-Choice.”

Sununu Dismisses Exceptions for Rape, Incest, and Fatal Fetal Anomaly As “Edge” Issues

In a brutal press conference this afternoon, Governor Chris Sununu struggled to defend his extreme and cruel abortion ban, resorting to falsehoods and bizarre claims about reproductive health care. During the press conference, Sununu dismissed exceptions for rape, incest, and fatal fetal anomaly as “edge” issues and shrugged off questions about his plan to force women to undergo mandatory ultrasounds. He also repeated the lie that the abortion ban in New Hampshire is similar to what is on the books in Massachusetts and New York. But unlike those states, Sununu’s abortion ban does not include exceptions for rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomaly — and includes mandatory ultrasounds. Sununu’s abortion ban would also subject doctors who perform abortions to up to seven years in prison. It was just the latest example of how little Sununu understands reproductive health care — despite facing more than two weeks of questions about his abortion ban. WATCH THE ENTIRE EXCHANGE HERE: KEY HIGHLIGHTS: SUNUNU CALLS MANDATORY ULTRASOUNDS, EXCEPTIONS FOR RAPE AND INCEST “EDGE" ISSUES: “Some of the stuff around the ‘edge’, the ultrasounds, what is an exception or not an exception those might be different … but it doesn’t go against my core tenet of not allowing abortions in those late months.” [COVID Weekly Briefing, WMUR, 6/17/21, 3:02] SUNUNU SAYS FORCING WOMEN TO HAVE ULTRASOUNDS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CHOICE: “Being pro-choice or not pro-choice isn’t about whether you’re for mandatory ultrasounds or not mandatory ultrasounds. Those are two very completely different things.” [COVID Weekly Briefing, WMUR, 6/17/21, 1:26] SUNUNU REPEATS FALSE CLAIM THAT MASSACHUSETTS AND NEW YORK HAVE SAME PROVISIONS AS HIS ABORTION BAN: “Go talk to the folks in Massachusetts, go talk to the folks in New York, or any of the number of very liberal states that already have these core provisions in place. This is political, you guys are falling into political fodder.” [COVID Weekly Briefing, WMUR, 6/17/21, 1:56] BACKGROUND:


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