NHDP - Ovide Should Tell NH Where He Stands on Defunding Planned Parenthood

NH Senate Vote on Defunding Planned Parenthood -- Cuts off Health Care for Thousands of Women, Puts Medicaid at Risk


Lamontagne Silent on Defunding Planned Parenthood, Even as He Joined GOP Leaders Who Have Made it a Priority 


CONCORD - As the New Hampshire State Senate voted today to table a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, cutting access to health care for thousands of New Hampshire women and jeopardizing the state's entire Medicaid program, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne maintained his silence on this important issue.


"Legislation to defund Planned Parenthood would cut access to preventative health care for thousands of New Hampshire women and jeopardize the state's entire Medicaid program," said Collin Gately. "Will Ovide Lamontagne now tell us where he stands?"


Though the Senate tabled the legislation today, it could easily be taken off the table, passed and signed with a supportive governor.  Ovide Lamontagne should say whether he would be such a governor.


On Tuesday night, Lamontagne joined Mitt Romney on stage in Manchester. Romney has declared that he would "get rid" of Planned Parenthood.  Fellow gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith voiced his support for defunding Planned Parenthood last summer in support of the Executive Council's action to block a contract to the organization.


The silence you are hearing is Ovide Lamontagne refusing to tell New Hampshire voters where he stands.


"Women in this state deserve to know if Ovide Lamontagne will be the rubber stamp that Bill O'Brien needs to strip away their access to essential services," said Collin Gately, a spokesman for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "


"Ovide Lamontagne owes it to the women of the New Hampshire to explain whether or not he supports the continued efforts of Bill O'Brien and the New Hampshire House to put the state between women and their health care providers," Gately said.


It's clear that Republicans do not intend to give up on their anti-choice agenda. The House Republicans today added new abortion restrictions to a bill expanding the research-and-development credit.