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Friday
Oct052012

NHDP - Sign or Veto: Where Does Ovide Stand on His Friends' Extreme Ideas?

Lamontagne has repeatedly vowed to "sign or veto" every bill passed, so where does he stand restricting abortion, repealing marriage equality?

 

CONCORD - On the campaign trail, Ovide Lamontagne is trying to refuse to discuss his extreme positions on women's health care and other issues, claiming they are not "topical." But his friends in the legislature are already introducing bills aimed at putting place on severe restrictions on women's health care and have promised to keep up the fight to repeal marriage equality.

 

"Ovide Lamontagne's extreme positions matter to hundreds of thousands of New Hampshire women and families," said Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "It's time for Ovide Lamontagne to be honest with the people of New Hampshire about where he stands. Will he sign or veto these extreme bills."

 

Legislation already filed in the house includes abortion bill that could potentially ban abortion in the first trimester, and force women to undergo unnecessary and invasive transvaginal ultrasounds.  

 

Lamontagne has already promised to defund Planned Parenthood if elected and has signed the radical Cornerstone "Families First Pledge."  Cornerstone's 26-item agenda includes a dozen pieces of proposed legislation focused on taking away insurance coverage for birth control, repealing marriage equality and limiting abortion rights. Cornerstone has said that legislators are filing bills to enact this agenda, and that they expect the signers of their pledge - including Ovide Lamontagne - to enact their agenda.

 

Lamontagne also has said that he would "aggressively work" to repeal marriage equality.  Members of O'Briens House, who Ovide has praised and looks forward to working with, have made clear that this will again be a priority.

 

Recently, Republicans has been trying to backtrack or blatantly hide their extreme agenda items from the voters.  When presented with the facts about his support for Cornerstone, Lamontagne denied twice in 24-hours that he had never heard of the agenda and pledge which he signed.  Speaker O'Brien came under fire for trying to keep the names of bills filed for next term a secret until after the election.

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