Cutting Access to Cancer Screenings, Women's Health Care
Claims issues don't matter, but his actions speak louder than words; signed radical Cornerstone Agenda, pledged to defund Planned Parenthood
CONCORD - Democrats today called on Ovide Lamotnagne to be straight with the voters of New Hampshire about his plans, after he quietly said that he would de-fund Planned Parenthood in a candidate questionnaire posted on NHPTV's website.
Lamontagne has tried to avoid talking about his extreme social agenda.
"Ovide Lamontagne has tried to dance away from his extreme position, refusing to discuss what will do as Governor," said Kathy Sullivan, former chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "But we know his record. We know he has signed the Cornerstone pledge to support their agenda. And now he has put in writing his promise to block funding for the critical health care services offered by Planned Parenthood."
The questionnaire was published on New Hampshire Public Television's website this week. Planned Parenthood provides critical health care services, including birth control, cancer screenings and maternal care to thousands of women across New Hampshire. Thousands of women saw their access to health care disrupted when the Executive Council rejected a contract for Planned Parenthood. As Governor, Lamontagne could block the Executive Council from even considering a contract - even if Planned Parenthood is the winning bidder.
Lamontagne also signed the radical Cornerstone so-called "Families First Pledge" which clearly outlines that candidates who are elected are fully expected to advocate the legislation in their 26-Point Agenda, 10 of these proposed pieces of legislation, which Ovide pledged to uphold, are aimed at restricting women's access to abortion and birth control. Republican legislators have already begun to file proposed legislation to implement the agenda.
"Ovide is trying to say that we shouldn't discuss his positions on these issues during the gubernatorial election," said State Representative Candace Bouchard. "He is trying to claim they don't matter; well they do matter to voters across the New Hampshire."
Lamontagne pointed to the supposed use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions as his shaky reasoning. However, and this may be news to Ovide - an attorney - taxpayer dollars are already barred from being used to provide abortions, and have been for years. In fact, Planned Parenthood has to follow the same methods to segregate their funds as faith-based organizations receiving state and federal funds have to.
As a candidate for U.S. Senate, Ovide said he supported a Constitutional amendment a "Human Life Amendment" that would make all abortions illegal, even in cases where women have been the victims of the crimes of rape or incest and even outlaws some forms of birth control and fertility treatments.
"We can strengthen our economy without raising health care costs on women," said Bouchard.