(Barrington) Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley issued the following statement today following the defeat of HB 288 in the New Hampshire Senate.
"I applaud the NH Senate's decision to table the bill to defund Planned Parenthood - Northern New England. However, the more responsible action would have been to kill the bill outright, signaling to patients across our state that their healthcare decisions would be left between the patient and her doctor.
As Commissioner Toumpas testified, this bill jeopardizes $1.4 billion in Medicaid funding to our state. That fact coupled with the bill's interference of the doctor/patient relationship should have led the Senate to put this issue to rest. Instead they punted and put it on the table from which it can be resurrected.
Our current legislators ran on a pro-business/pro-jobs agenda. They never revealed their extremist views that could cost our most vulnerable citizens access to healthcare or women the rights to their own healthcare decisions.
Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have marched in lockstep with Speaker Bill O'Brien's Tea Party-driven House. If one were to become Governor of New Hampshire can we really count on them to safeguard our citizen's access to healthcare or women's rights to make private, personal decisions in consultation with her doctor?
As the next Governor of New Hampshire, our citizens can count on me to fight for quality, affordable health care and to respect the rights of New Hampshire's women to make their own informed healthcare decisions."
ABOUT JACKIE: Jackie Cilley, who served in both New Hampshire's House and Senate representing Barrington, built a successful business and taught more than 2500 New Hampshire students over her 20 years as a highly respected business professor with UNH's Whittemore School for Business and Economics. A Berlin native, Sen. Cilley earned a BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the Whittemore School. Jackie and her husband Bruce have lived in Barrington for more than 20 years. They have five sons, 12 grandchildren, and two dogs.