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NHDP - MEMO: Scott Brown Would Side Against NH Women 

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: Monday, June 30, 2014

FROM: New Hampshire Democratic Party

RE: Scott Brown Would Side Against NH Women

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The Supreme Court of the United States is scheduled to announce a decision today in the Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case.  Hanging in the balance is whether corporations have the right to deny their female employees health insurance coverage for birth control.

Nearly 70% of the American people support this provision, yet one of New Hampshire’s Senate candidates is staunchly opposed to it—Scott Brown. Scott Brown co-sponsored the Blunt Amendment, which would allow employers to deny women coverage for birth control or any other health care service, even mammograms. 

When the amendment came before the Senate, Brown took a “strong stand” for Blunt and against women.  For comparison, Republican U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski called the bill “an attack on women.”

New Hampshire women need a Senator they can count on to protect their rights, and can’t afford someone who has already taken a strong stance against them.  As Governor, Jeanne Shaheen signed a contraception mandate into law. As Senator, she has been an outspoken advocate for women’s reproductive rights.  New Hampshire women can count on Jeanne Shaheen.

Contraception was included as a required preventive health service in the Affordable Care Act, on the recommendation of the independent medical experts because it is essential to the health of women and families.  There are direct links between contraceptive use and declines in maternal and infant mortality, reduced risk of ovarian cancer, better overall health outcomes for women, and far fewer unintended pregnancies and abortions—which is a goal we all should share.

Ahead of the Supreme Court’s announcement today, New Hampshire women are wondering if they will have the basic freedom to make health care decisions with their doctors, or if Scott Brown will get his way, and a woman's boss will be involved in the decision too.

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