GOP candidates and legislators support same anti-choice agenda espoused by Rep. Akin.
CONCORD - While New Hampshire Republicans may not use the same offensive language as Rep. Akin, many are pursuing the same offensive, anti-choice agenda - with a goal of banning all abortions, even in the case of rape and incest, said Terie Norelli, New Hampshire House Minority Leader.
"Akin's comments were offensive and despicable, show incredible ignorance towards the victims of rape and comments like these have no place in civil dialogue. It is disappointing that both Republican candidates for Governor nor the leaders of House and Senate have spoken up to condemn these remarks," said Norelli. "Though New Hampshire politicians have not used the offensive language of Rep. Akin, many have long advocated for the same dangerous restrictions on abortion."
For example, Norelli pointed to so-called Parental Notification legislation passed by the Republican-led House in 2011 that did not include an exception for rape or incest. Gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith, lobbyist for the conservative group Cornerstone, lobbied for that legislation and lobbied to override the Governor's veto of it.
Gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne supports a constitutional amendment that would make all abortion, even in the cases of rape and incest, a crime, and even outlaw some forms of birth control and fertility treatments. As a candidate for U.S. Senate, Lamontagne supported a "Human Life Amendment" that would make all abortions a crime, and even make some forms of birth control and fertility treatments unconstitutional.
"The positions held and actions taken by Republican legislators and candidates in New Hampshire are the same radical position held by Representative Akin in Missouri," said Norelli. "The women of New Hampshire deserve to represented by individuals who have public health and safety as a top priority, not ideology."