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Women Speak Out Against Trump And The NH GOP’s Continued Assault Of Women’s Reproductive Rights

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Image by Gage Skidmore

As if the Donald Trump campaign could not get any worse, yesterday, Trump told MSNBC that women should receive “some form of punishment” for having an abortion.

This is completely outrageous. He wants to punish women for having a safe and legal medical procedure.

After Trump’s comments, Cecile Richards responded to Trump directly via Twitter by saying: “[Donald Trump] is vocalizing the motivations of every politician who votes to restrict access to abortion. It’s about controlling women.”

“Women’s lives are not disposable. There’s nothing else to say, as Donald Trump’s remarks today have said it all,” Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund Dawn Laguens said in an email alert sent last night.

Late last year, the NH Citizens Alliance and Granite State Progress combined forces to create the Stand With Women or Stand in the Way campaign to protect women’s reproductive rights as well as to fight for economic justice and pay equity.

Today, they spoke out against Donald Trump and his horrific remarks about punishing women for executing their constitutional right to a safe and legal abortion.

“Donald Trump’s tag line should be – “Let’s make America the Mid-Evil Ages”- Women and the hard working families and individuals of this great nation are already struggling against pay inequity, substandard wages, criminal labor and scheduling practices, and an economic and political system that favors corporate interest over real people,” said Kary Jencks Executive Director of the NH Citizens Alliance.  “Now, Trump wants to further stand in the way of the human rights of everyday Americans by placing women into iron maidens for exercising their very private constitutionally protected right to choose when to have a child.”

“Donald Trump’s belief that women who seek an abortion should be punished is shocking, but right in line with the extreme views on women’s health taken by far-right politicians up and down the ballot,” said Zandra Rice-Hawkins, Executive Director of Granite State Progress. “Just last month in New Hampshire, a Republican State Representative said that women who were raped should have to prove it before being allowed to have an abortion.

“There were more than a dozen bills aimed at rolling back women’s reproductive health options and penalizing those who provide them, yet the legislators supporting those bills are nowhere to be seen when it comes to efforts to increase access to birth control or pass family-friendly workplace policies. This outdated mindset stands in the way of women, and it’s wrong regardless of whether you are a Presidential candidate or a local elected official,” added Rice-Hawkins.

Donald Trump’s comments yesterday that women who have abortions should be “punished” sparked national outrage, but not among New Hampshire’s Republican gubernatorial candidates Frank Edelblut, Ted Gatsas, Jeanie Forrester, and Chris Sununu, who are still completely silent on the issue.

“Donald Trump’s policy proposals to punish women, immigrants, and others are horrific and don’t represent the fabric of our nation nor the values of Granite Staters,” said NHDP Spokeswoman Holly Shulman.

“History will harshly judge the members of Trump’s own party who were too afraid or too politically calculating to speak up and stand up to him when the country needed it most. There’s a chance for New Hampshire Republicans like Edelblut, Gatsas, Forrester, and Sununu to put themselves on the right side of history today. They just need to speak up and lead,” continued Shulman.

Trump Sununu Campaign SignRepublicans across the country are attempting to legislate away a woman’s right to choose. Here in New Hampshire, Executive Councilor and gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu voted to strip all funding from Planned Parenthood after the highly doctored and completely false video of Planned Parenthood appeared.

It is obvious that Chris Sununu is confused about what it means to be pro-choice and pro-abortion.

In a Concord Monitor piece from February, Chris Sununu said he “identifies as pro-abortion rights.”

There’s just one problem: when Sununu had the opportunity to cast the deciding vote on funding Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire, he followed anti-choice ideology and stripped abortion rights, cancer screening, STD testing and access to low-cost birth control for thousands of Granite State women.

“For Sununu to call himself “pro-abortion rights” after taking away access to safe and legal abortions for thousands of Granite State woman is the height of hypocrisy,” added Shulman.

Women deserve elected leaders who will uphold their constitutional right to a safe a legal abortion not threats of punishment.



About Matt Murray

Matt Murray is the creator and an author on the NH Labor News. He is a union member and advocate for labor and progressive politics. He also works with other unions and members to help spread our message. Follow him on Twitter @NHLabor_News
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