Does Ovide Support Efforts to De-Fund Planned Parenthood, Taking Away Essential Health Care Services from Women across New Hampshire?
CONCORD - Where does Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne stand on efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood, taking away access to essential health care service from thousands of New Hampshire women?
Today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee is holding a hearing on House Bill 228, a bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood and any other organization that provides legal abortion services, including hospitals (neither state nor federal funds are used to pay for abortion services). The legislation, by discriminating against providers of legal services, could put the state's entire Medicaid program at risk.
The legislation is part of a larger push nationally and in New Hampshire by some Republicans to "defund" Planned Parenthood. Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith has voiced his support for de-funding Planned Parenthood, holding a press conference this summer in support of the Executive Council's action to block a contract to the organization
Likely Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has recently declared that he would "get rid" of Planned Parenthood. The missing voice is that of Ovide Lamontagne.
"Women in this state deserve to know, if elected Governor, will Ovide Lamontagne be the rubber stamp that Bill O'Brien needs to strip away their access to essential services for political gain?" 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.
This is just the latest attack on women's health lead by Bill O'Brien and House Republicans. Recently, the House voted for reckless legislation that would require doctors to provide false information to patients and repeal insurance coverage for contraception.