ROUNDUP: NH Democrats Call Out NH GOP Attacks on Reproductive Rights After SCOTUS Overturns Roe
After the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that for 50 years has protected access to abortion, New Hampshire Democrats made it clear that Republicans in New Hampshire will try to pass further restrictions on abortion. They also laid out how the GOP U.S. Senate candidates would work with Mitch McConnell to ban abortion nationwide if Republicans re-take the U.S. Senate majority. Read more below: New Hampshire Leaders Discuss Mitch McConnell and Republicans’ Push to Ban Abortion Nationwide. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, New Hampshire leaders discussed how this decision would open the door for Mitch McConnell to pass a nationwide abortion ban if Senator Hassan’s opponents were in the US Senate. Leaders also discussed how, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision, Republicans in New Hampshire are set to pass stricter restrictions on abortion.
Union Leader: NH Dems Warn With GOP Control More Abortion Restrictions On The Way. Leading Democrats charged Monday that Republican U.S. Senate candidates would pursue national restrictions on abortion following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. “If they have the chance, the Republicans running for Senate would help Mitch McConnell ban abortion nationwide and punish women and doctors,” said Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley during a virtual press conference. Ashley Marcoux, [former] president of New Hampshire Young Democrats, said the three leading Senate hopefuls -- Chuck Morse of Salem, Kevin Smith of Londonderry and Don Bolduc of Stratham -- all favored the defunding of Planned Parenthood and further restrictions on abortion.
Keene Sentinel: In Wake Of Roe Decision, Democrats Predict More Anti-Abortion Efforts In NH. Anti-abortion bills introduced in Concord this past session could be just a taste of what’s to come next year now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, state Democratic legislative leaders warned Monday. “At the beginning of our legislative session this year, we saw multiple anti-choice bills from Republicans in the Statehouse,” Sen. Donna Soucy, D-Manchester, said in a virtual news conference. “Republicans in New Hampshire have made it clear that they will continue to try to roll back reproductive rights and end access to abortion even though New Hampshire is one of the most pro-choice states in the country.”
Sununu Slammed for Saying “Nothing Has Changed” for Granite Staters After Roe is Overturned. On Wednesday, Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington and State Senator Tom Sherman slammed Governor Chris Sununu for refusing to commit to taking steps to protect Granite Staters’ reproductive rights and saying “nothing has changed” following SCOTUS’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
WMUR: Executive Councilor Presses Governor On Whether NH Will Aid Other State's Abortion Investigations. In a tense back-and-forth during Wednesday's Executive Council meeting, Councilor Cinde Warmington asked state health officials and Gov. Chris Sununu what the response would be if states where abortion is banned want to investigate residents who travel to New Hampshire for the procedure. "Governor, are you taking any steps to protect patients and providers?" Warmington said. [...] "Governor, I fully understand that the Roe v. Wade decision did not affect you personally, but for half the population, we just became second-class citizens," Warmington said. Warmington said the governor should follow his counterparts in other states, such as Massachusetts, who have signed executive orders to protect against the possibility of out-of-state prosecutions for abortion. "Are you going to stand up for the patients and providers and provide them that protection?" Warmington said.
InDepthNH: Warmington Presses Sununu on State Protections After Roe v. Wade Overturned. Councilor Cinde Warmington pressed Gov. Chris Sununu on what he plans to do to protect abortion providers and their out-of-state patients at Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting. [...] Warmington said: “Let me assure you, governor, that something has changed. Dramatically.” [...] At a press conference after the Council meeting, state Sen. Dr. Tom Sherman, a Rye Democrat running against Sununu, held a news conference with Warmington. “Today, Cinde Warmington and I called on the governor to take action to make sure healthcare providers cannot be prosecuted for providing medical care in New Hampshire. Republican and Democratic governors around the country have already proactively acted, we should do the same.”
Union Leader: Dems push Sununu to protect abortion provider, out-of-state residents. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Sherman and Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington urged Gov. Chris Sununu to take aggressive action to protect women living in anti-abortion states who would come to New Hampshire to terminate a pregnancy. Sherman called upon Sununu to issue an executive order like governors in Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico and Michigan have done to make health care providers immune from prosecution if they performed an abortion on an out-of-state resident.
State Senate and House Democrats Call on Sununu to Hold Special Session to Codify Roe. This week, Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy and House Democratic Leader David Cote called on Sununu to hold a special session to codify abortion rights into state law. Sununu refused to call a special session, but Democrats will continue fighting to protect Granite Staters' reproductive rights in the face of Republican attacks.
WMUR: “Democrats contend that the status quo is far more tenuous now without the backstop of the Roe v. Wade decision.” Gov. Chris Sununu said Monday he will not call a special legislative session to protect abortion rights in New Hampshire law. [...] Democrats contend that the status quo is far more tenuous now without the backstop of the Roe v. Wade decision. ‘I think we could propose a constitutional amendment, but more importantly, I think we need to propose legislation that enshrines basic rights to privacy and protection in our statutes,’ said Democratic Minority Leader Donna Soucy. Last month, the House tabled legislation to codify abortion rights, and the Senate deadlocked on its own bill in a 12-12 vote. [...] ‘And it's terrifying to think that there are those in our state government who want that exact same reality for Granite Staters,’ said Dalia Vidunas, of Equality Health Center.”
InDepthNH: Dems seek special session to codify abortion rights in New Hampshire. House Democrats want Gov. Chris Sununu to call the legislature into special session to codify the protections of Roe V. Wade into state law now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned it. [...] "New Hampshire Republicans restricted abortion for the first time this term and backed bills prohibiting abortion as early as six weeks and allowing biological fathers to block mothers from making their own decision. New Hampshire Republicans are already plotting new restrictions in the wake of the Dobbs decision," House Democratic Leader David E. Cote, D-Nashua said.
WCAX: NH Democrats call for special session to codify abortion rights. State Senator Sue Prentiss: “It’s a smart, proactive move to protect Granite Staters. We know what’s at stake. We’ve seen Roe v. Wade be repealed. We know that this debate, not just this debate, but this issue is now on the doorsteps of state legislatures.”
New Hampshire Bulletin: State Democrats call for special legislative session to codify Roe. On Friday, state Democrats called on Gov. Chris Sununu to hold a special legislative session to pass a bill codifying the right to abortion in the state. New Hampshire’s regular legislative calendar concluded in May. "While this decision is devastating, we cannot give up the fight," said State Sen. Becky Whitley, a Hopkinton Democrat. "We implore the Governor to call the Legislature back in for a special session to enshrine the right to safe, legal abortion care here in New Hampshire. We cannot and will not stop fighting for women’s rights."