NHDP - What is Joe Kenney Afraid of?

Democrats Call On Kenney To Come Clean About His Plans to Defund Planned Parenthood, Cutting Access to Cancer Screenings, Women's Health Care
Concord –  Executive Council candidate Joe Kenney is trying to his hide opposition to responsible family planning funding because he knows how out of touch his radical ideology is with the people of New Hampshire. Kenney refused to give the Concord Monitor a simple yes or no answer when asked how he would vote on an important family planning contract, including funding for Planned Parenthood.

Two years ago, Republicans faced a massive backlash after voting to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, and deny more than 15,000 New Hampshire women critical health care services, including birth control, cancer screenings and maternal care. As Executive Councilor, Kenney could vote to block a contract from being approved - even if Planned Parenthood is the winning bidder.

“The people of New Hampshire deserve to know how Kenney would vote on this important contract, it is time for him come clean about his plan to defund Planned Parenthood and disrupt critical health services for thousands of New Hampshire women,” said State Representative Sharon Nordgren of Hanover.

In the state Senate, Kenney was a reliable vote for the radical right and against against health services for New Hampshire women.  He even voted to defund Planned Parenthood, which would cut off access to critical health services for thousands of Granite Staters. [SB 77, 2/8/2007]

“Why he is afraid to be honest with the voters?” continued Nordgren.  “Is it because he knows his radical opposition to basic health services for Granite State women is wildly out of touch with New Hampshire?”

Kenney’s campaign pointed to the supposed use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions as his shaky reasoning.  However  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.

Kenney pledged to the right wing Right to Life organization that he would do “whatever I can within the power of my office” to stop a woman’s right to choose, preventing her making her own decisions about her body.

“Joe Kenney and his Tea Party ideology are wrong for women, wrong for working families and wrong for northern New Hampshire,” added Nordgren.