The newly crowned Republican Gubernatorial nominee, Chris Sununu is trying to play both sides of the ‘women’s health’ debate.
In 2015, he voted to defund Planned Parenthood over false accusations and a misleading, completely debunked video about Planned Parenthood selling “baby parts.” The video sparked outrage among the hard right, anti-abortion crowd. Many called for an investigation into Planned Parenthood in an attempt to somehow prove these false conspiracy theories in a giant waste of taxpayer money.
After Sununu decided to make a run for Governor he quickly realized that a hard right anti-women’s health position would be bad for his campaign, he suddenly had a change in heart. When the funding for Planned Parenthood came up in the Executive Council again, Sununu voted to restore the funding he cut before.
During the Republican primary, State Rep Frank Edelblut and others used Sununu’s vote on Planned Parenthood as a way to attack him and show he is a flip-flopper on this issue.
So what does Sununu do? He pulls his campaign hard to the right.
In the past 6 weeks, Chris Sununu has on multiple occasions expressed support for launching a new investigation into Planned Parenthood—even while acknowledging the videos from last year’s controversy have been debunked and discredited.
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In an interview with the Union Leader, Sununu was asked, “Do you still think there should be an investigation into Planned Parenthood of Northern New England?”
He replied, “I think that’s something that we could look at…I wouldn’t be opposed to that. I think we could look at that…And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. And if we want to go down that path, that’s surely something that we should definitely look at.”
And during the NH1 gubernatorial debate, Sununu said, “If someone wants to call for an investigation in terms of what Planned Parenthood of Northern New England—that’s the local group that we work with here—if someone wants to call for that, we can look at that, to be sure!”
Nearly 13,000 New Hampshire women rely on Planned Parenthood for health care. In fact, Chris Sununu said it best when he told NHPR—on the same day he voted to defund the women’s health organization—that “in his Seacoast district…Planned Parenthood is the only facility that offers care like low-cost birth control, STD testing and cancer screenings.”
“When will Chris Sununu’s war on women end?” asked NHDP Press Secretary Melissa Miller. “First he defunded the women’s health care organization, and now he wants to investigate it based on a debunked conspiracy. It’s sadly just the latest example of Sununu putting his far-right political ideology ahead of the well-being and interests of New Hampshire families.”