Former Congressman Notably Silent on SCOTUS Decision
CONCORD, NH – As incumbents and challengers in NH races comment on the Supreme Court’s decision to allow for-profit employers to deny women access to contraceptive coverage, former and want-to-be future Congressman Frank Guinta is notably silent.
“New Hampshire women and their families have a right to know whose side Frank Guinta is on,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “As a Tea Party member of Congress, Guinta supported obstructing a woman’s access to birth control, and he said if a pregnancy endangers a woman’s life, she should die—no exceptions, even to save her life. Frank Guinta can’t hide from his extreme positions on women’s health, because his silence is deafening.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby that for-profit companies can deny female employees access to contraceptive health coverage. Three days later, Frank Guinta is still silent.
Contraception coverage was included as preventive care in the Affordable Care Act on the recommendation of the independent medical experts because it is essential to the health of women and families. After Monday’s ruling, Democrats across New Hampshire said they believe that women’s health care decisions should be made between her and her doctor – not her employer or a politician.
GUINTA IS ANTI-CHOICE AND SUPPORTS A BAN ON ABORTIONS WITH NO EXCEPTIONS: In response to two questions on abortion, Guinta said he is pro life, and, were a repeal to Roe v. Wade come up while he was serving in Congress, he would vote for a no-holds barred ban on abortion with “no exceptions." [Laconia Citizen, 8/11/10]
GUITA VOTED TO PUT POLITICIANS AND EMPLOYERS BETWEEN WOMEN AND THEIR HEALTH DECISIONS: Guinta cosponsored and voted for HR1179, to prevent coverage of contraception by allowing any health plan a “moral waiver” to decline coverage for any items or services. Employers could deny coverage for any medical condition or services they pleased, claiming a “moral” objection. (HR1179 was the House version of the Senate’s Blunt Amendment)
ANTI-CHOICE CONSERVATIVES LOVE FRANK GUINTA: Guinta received 100% score from the National Right to Life Committee on abortion issues, indicating a pro-life position.