NHDP - Walt Havenstein's Deceptive Stance on Women's Health Issues Dangerous For NH Families


Granite State Women Cannot Trust Havenstein To Defend Their Access To Health Care

Concord, NH-- In the first week of his candidacy, a series of troubling reports have shown that Maryland multimillionaire Walt Havenstein is trying to deceive voters on his position on women's health care. Havenstein's misleading statements clearly demonstrate why he is wrong for the women of New Hampshire and how his deceptive stance could mean the return of Tea Party attacks on women's health care.

"Once again, Walt Havenstein is trying to have it both ways, and not giving straight answers to the people of New Hampshire," said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan. "He doesn't want New Hampshire women to know that he is not pro-choice; he doesn't want us to know what restrictions he would put on our right to make our own health decisions. Voters will easily see through Walt Havenstein's misleading statements, and reject him and his far-right allies."

In 2011 and 2012, the O'Brien led Tea Party legislature introduced numerous initiatives to limit a women's access to health care. States across the country have seen similar restrictive legislation introduced and passed. 
"While voters in New Hampshire voted out the Tea Party in 2012, over the last year, we've seen these attacks continue across the country, with numerous states passing bills restricting access to health care for women, mandating procedures, and trying to shut down service providers," said State Representative Candace Bouchard. "We already know that Havenstein opposes expanding coverage for birth control and family planning through the bipartisan medicaid expansion plan. What else does he oppose and what other restrictions would he put on a woman's right to make her own health decisions? What would he sign or veto?" Bouchard asked.

Walt Havenstein Anti-Choice Background:

Havenstein Confided To Republican Backers That He Is Pro-Life. The Union Leader reported on Havenstein's stance on women's issues saying, "'It’s his first campaign mistake,' said former Gov. Stephen Merrill, who was beside Havenstein last week at his campaign kickoff. Merrill said the candidate told him he is personally pro-life and as governor would support a ban on late-term abortions and a requirement for parental notification." [Union Leader, 4/21/14]

Havenstein Was Unwilling To Comment On Anti-Choice Bills Before The Legislature. According to the Union Leader, Walt Havenstein's campaign would not answer a series of questions pertaining to Havenstein's stance on various bills being discussed in the legislature. [Union Leader, 4/21/14]

State Attacks on Women's Health

Over 1,000 Ant-Choice Provisions Introduced In States In Past 3 Years. There have been a record amount of anti-choice bills introduced into state legislatures over the past 3 years amounting to over 1,000 anti-choice provisions. [Planned Parenthood, accessed 4/24/14]
  • 257 Of Those Provisions Became Laws Restricting A Women's Access To HealthCare.
Last Year, 22 States Adopted 70 Different Anti-Choice Laws. According to a New York Times report, "In 2013 alone, 22 states adopted 70 different restrictions, including late-abortion bans, doctor and clinic regulations, limits on medication abortions and bans on insurance coverage." [New York Times, 1/3/14]

Since 1995, There Have Been 808 Anti-Choice Bills Passed. According to a study by the group NARAL, "Since 1995, states have enacted 808 anti-choice measures." [NARAL, accessed 4/24/14]

In 2011, Planned Parenthood Was Defunded In NH. As a result of a Tea Party legislature, Planned Parenthood was abruptly defunded by the Executive Council resulting in countless Granite State women and mothers losing access to vital health care.[Huffington Post,  9/10/11]

New Hampshire Tea Party Radicals Introduced Numerous Anti-Choice Measures. Starting in 2010, a Tea Party led legislature introduced countless measures to restrict New Hampshire women access to health care. [National Partnership for Women and Families, 3/15/12]