Ovide Refuses to Answer NH Women about His Plans for Their Health Care, but National Anti-Choice Group Says Ovide Stands with Them
MANCHESTER – While Ovide Lamontagne has said that women’s health care is not a “topical” discussion in New Hampshire, apparently that is not the message he is giving to national anti-abortion groups.
The Susan B. Anthony List, an organization committed to de-funding Planned Parenthood and criminalizing abortion, endorsed Ovide Lamontagne this week, continuing Lamontagne’s record of courting the support of groups that are in line with his extreme agenda, while attempting to hide his radical ideas from New Hampshire voters.
“Ovide Lamontagne is not being straight with New Hampshire women about his radical ideas to cut access to birth control and criminalize abortion,” said Kathy Sullivan, co-chair of Maggie Hassan for Governor. “Ovide would even make criminals out of women and girls who have been the victims of the crimes of rape and incest.”
“Women’s health issues are economic issues, because when cancer screenings, birth control and other critical services are more expensive, women and families are forced to choose between getting the care they need and paying for other necessities,” Sullivan added. “Whether Ovide wants to admit it to voters or not, his radical agenda to restrict women’s health choices will hit New Hampshire families right in their pocketbooks.”
Despite attempts by the Tea Party state legislature to criminalize abortion, let insurance plans drop coverage for birth control, and defund Planned Parenthood, which would make basic services like cancer screenings, fertility treatment and birth control more expensive for women and families, Ovide has claimed that women’s health choices are “not a topical issue.”[i] In a report last night aired just last night by PBS NewsHour, Lamontagne stated that a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions is, “really not on the radar screen of any voter, that at least I have encountered in the course of a better -- more than a year of campaigning.”[ii]
Lamontagne is refusing to speak about these issues because his position is out of step with New Hampshire voters. He supports the legislature’s extreme agenda, including supporting proposals to de-fund Planned Parenthood and to make all abortions a crime, even for victims of rape and incest.
The Susan B. Anthony endorsement is one of several that Ovide Lamontagne has received from far-right anti-women’s health choices groups this year, including Cornerstone and National Right to Life.
Maggie Hassan has a strong record of standing up for a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, and strongly opposes the legislature’s recent attacks on women’s health care, such as measures to restrict the right to choose and to defund Planned Parenthood, making services like cancer screenings, fertility treatments, and access to birth control more expensive and less available.
Ovide Lamontagne has said he would be a “radically different” governor than Governor Lynch[iii], with extreme positions like rejecting federal funds for local schools[iv] and ignoring rising tuition costs caused by cuts to higher education.[v] He supports plans to dismantle Medicare[vi], criminalize abortion and limit insurance coverage for birth control[vii], and defund Planned Parenthood, increasing costs for critical health care services for New Hampshire women and families.[viii]
[iv] Ovide rejected federal money to help K-12 NH public schools raise educational standards [Concord Monitor, 8/9/2010] and has said he would do it again [WGIR, 7/24/2012]
[v] Ovide has said tuition increases were not of “utmost concern” [WMUR, 9/6/2012]
[vi] Ovide supports Paul Ryan’s voucher program to end Medicare as we know it [NH Farm Bureau, 8/2012]; believes state legislature should opt-out of Medicare and run program itself [Union Leader, 2/10/2012]
[vii] Supports a “Human Life Amendment” that outlaws all abortion, and even some forms of birth control and fertility treatments [Cornerstone debate, 6/5/2010]
[viii] Ovide supports Bill O’Brien’s decision to completely eliminate Planned Parenthood funding [NHPTV, 2012]