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#TBT: That Time Chris Sununu Cast the Deciding Vote to Deny Critical Health Care For Thousands of NH Women

Concord, N.H. – As we mark the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision protecting a woman’s right to make her own health decisions this week, the New Hampshire Democratic Party is throwing it back to that time Chris Sununu cast the deciding vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

In August, Chris Sununu voted to defund Planned Parenthood, even though Sununu himself said that women in his district have no other choice for the critical health services that Planned Parenthood provides.

But was it hard for Sununu to decide to cut access to health care for thousands of Granite State women? Apparently not. Sununu at the time said it was “a very easy vote for me to take.”

“Planned Parenthood defundamentalists like Chris Sununu are unbelievably out of touch with Granite State women,” said Holly Shulman, New Hampshire Democratic Party spokeswoman. “43 years after Roe v. Wade, Granite Staters of all political persuasions are overwhelmingly pro-choice and pro-Planned Parenthood. It’s clear that Chris Sununu is taking his cues from Marco Rubio who wants to ban abortion without exception and Ted Cruz who wants to nullify Roe v. Wade. The fact is Chris Sununu cares more about making a partisan political point than doing what’s right for New Hampshire.”

ICYMI: NH Democrats accuse Bush, other Republicans of not caring about women’s health

Simpson charged that Bush, as governor “prevented state Medicaid funds from covering women’s health services. He vetoed $2 million for the Breast Cancer Institute at the University of Miami. He vetoed funding for the Cervical Cancer Task Force. And he vetoed over $300,000 in Planned Parenthood funding, making it harder for Florida women, many of whom had no health insurance nor eligibility for Medicaid, from getting the care and services they need.”

Sullivan said she has been “outraged with how some of the GOP candidates are so flippantly dismissing critical issues to women and families in New Hampshire” and elsewhere…

Sullivan said Bush’s comment earlier this week questioning the need to spend “a half billion dollars for women’s health issues” – comments he later walked back – show “he simply doesn’t think women’s health is a priority.” She said she does not believe Bush when he said he “misspoke.”

“When women have access to health care, families are healthier and stronger. Period,” Sullivan said. She said access to health care has improved since the Affordable Care Act became law, “but Jeb Bush and every single other GOP presidential candidate want to repeal that, too.”…

[See below for excerpts or click here for full story]

 

New Hampshire Democrats accuse Bush, other Republicans of not caring about ‘women’s health’

WMUR // John DiStaso 

MANCHESTER, N.H. —Two key New Hampshire Democrats charged Friday that the Fox News Republican debate showed the candidates are taking pride in belittling women and denying them access to health services.

In a conference call organized by the New Hampshire Democratic Party, state Rep. Alexis Simpson, D-Exeter, and Democratic National Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan took particular aim at Jeb Bush, who is in New Hampshire Friday.

The Bush campaign countered that the former Florida governor has a strong record of providing health services to women while vetoing funding for the Planned Parenthood organization.

Simpson said that as a mother, “I believe politics should never interfere with a woman’s ability to obtain quality health care,” but she said Republicans “are more interested in putting politics ahead of women’s access to health care.”

Simpson charged that Bush, as governor “prevented state Medicaid funds from covering women’s health services. He vetoed $2 million for the Breast Cancer Institute at the University of Miami. He vetoed funding for the Cervical Cancer Task Force. And he vetoed over $300,000 in Planned Parenthood funding, making it harder for Florida women, many of whom had no health insurance nor eligibility for Medicaid, from getting the care and services they need.”

Sullivan said she has been “outraged with how some of the GOP candidates are so flippantly dismissing critical issues to women and families in New Hampshire” and elsewhere.

She said that at the Thursday night debate, businessman Donald Trump “made misogynistic and offensive comments and received applause.” She said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on a Friday morning talk show “failed to condemn Trump’s comments.”

She noted that Walker and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said during the debate they support a ban on abortions with no exceptions.

Sullivan said Bush’s comment earlier this week questioning the need to spend “a half billion dollars for women’s health issues” – comments he later walked back – show “he simply doesn’t think women’s health is a priority.” She said she does not believe Bush when he said he “misspoke.”

“When women have access to health care, families are healthier and stronger. Period,” Sullivan said. She said access to health care has improved since the Affordable Care Act became law, “but Jeb Bush and every single other GOP presidential candidate want to repeal that, too.”…

“Jeb Bush is falling in line with all the other Republican candidates for president, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, and (Executive Councilor) Chris Sununu and other state Republicans who continue to spout ideas that are not only out-of-touch with Granite Staters, they’re just wrong,” Sullivan said…

 

Excerpts from NHDP Call ahead of Jeb Bush visit on GOP’s outrageous policies for women

CONCORD, N.H. – During last night’s GOP Presidential Debate, the GOP presidential candidates’ backwards policies toward women were on full display. From Walker and Rubio pushing to ban all abortions without exceptions to Jeb Bush boasting about his record of defunding women’s health care, GOP candidates continue to put forth out of touch and out of date policies that would roll back women’s health services. In response, the NHDP put together a press conference call – excerpts below.

 

New Hampshire state representative Alexis Simpson: 

“As a Democrat, and as a mother, I strongly believe that politics should never interfere with a woman’s ability to access quality, reliable health care. Unfortunately, we’ve recently seen women’s health care become a partisan hot potato again. When Senator Kelly Ayotte voted to defund Planned Parenthood, when the Executive Council here in New Hampshire voted to defund Planned Parenthood two days ago, and when Jeb Bush proclaimed earlier this week that he’s not sure about funding women’s health care – it’s clear that Republicans across the board are more interested in putting politics ahead of access to health care. 

“Here’s what I know: Women’s health is a fundamental issues that we should care about in our state. When women are healthy, families are healthy, and that’s good for our economy, for our children, and for our entire country…

“But we knew even before his completely out-of-touch comments that Jeb Bush didn’t prioritize women’s health care. In fact, his policies would only put women’s health care in jeopardy. As governor, Jeb Bush prevented state Medicaid funds from covering women’s health services. He vetoed $2 million for the Breast Cancer Institute at the University of Miami. He vetoed funding for the Cervical Cancer Task Force. And he vetoed over $300,000 in Planned Parenthood funding –making it harder for Florida women, many of whom had no health insurance nor eligibility for Medicaid, from getting the care and services they need.

“So Jeb Bush can try to walk back his comments all he wants, but he can’t walk back his dangerous, uninformed, and out-of-touch policies that would make it harder for women in New Hampshire and across the nation to lead healthy lives.”

 

Kathy Sullivan, NHDP National Committeewoman and Former NHDP Chair: 

“I’ve been outraged with how some of the GOP candidates are so flippantly dismissing critical issues to women and families in New Hampshire. Actually not just to women and families in New Hampshire – to everyone. No more was this more clear than during last night’s debate. Trump made misogynistic and offensive comments and received applause. Walker failed to condemn Trump’s comments this morning. Walker and Rubio pushed to ban all abortions – without exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother. And Jeb Bush boasted about his record of defunding women’s health care.  

“Earlier this week, Jeb Bush said, quote, ‘I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.’ So Jeb Bush doesn’t think funding women’s health care is important. Or he just favors putting a price tag on it. However he tries to backtrack his remarks, one thing is clear – he simply doesn’t think women’s health is a priority. 

“Granite Staters care about these issues. And they’re watching these debates. When women have access to health care, families are healthier and stronger. Period. We know access to health care has improved by the Affordable Care Act, but Jeb Bush – and every single other GOP presidential candidate – want to repeal that too.”

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