Sentinel Editorial: Sununu's choice: The governor can be judged on his words, or on his actions regarding the budget bill
Sununu, who has termed himself “pro choice,” but wobbled as an executive councilor on the issue of funding Planned Parenthood, has already said he won’t veto the budget over the abortion piece.
That doesn’t sound much like the governor who vetoed more than 80 bills put forth by Democrats during the previous two years.
Last October, running for re-election, he told us of those vetoes: “I’m always going to hold the fort against extremes from both sides. I’m a middle-of-the-road guy.” Apparently he doesn’t consider the language in the budget bill, which would make late-stage abortion illegal even in the case of rape, extreme.
And it seems his deference to experts doesn’t extend to the 200 health care providers who penned a letter to him noting that abortions in New Hampshire are already performed after 24 weeks only when they are medically necessary to preserve the life and health of the mother or the fetus. Under the budget-bill language, the health of the fetus wouldn’t be considered. The law would require a mother to carry a fetus that cannot live on its own to term, even after it dies. And it threatens providers with harsh fines and prison terms.
If the pundits are to be believed, Chris Sununu will soon be taking his “I’m a middle-of-the-road centrist” persona on the Senate campaign trail, no doubt trying to portray Hassan as an extremist herself. If he does, voters would be wise to keep in mind something else Sununu told us during his last campaign:
“At the end of the day, I believe every single elected official should be held accountable to their results. To their results. Not by what they say.”
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