NHDP - ICYMI: Nashua Telegraph Editorial Slams “Shameful” Executive Council Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood

 

 

 

 

 

Concord, N.H. – After New Hampshire’s Republican Executive Council followed Kelly Ayotte’s lead and voted to defund Planned Parenthood, the Nashua Telegraph editorial board slammed the “shameful” vote.  
 
Key Points: “It was shameful to see a council so out of touch with its constituents - outside the vocal, extremist end of the spectrum - that they are more interested in preserv­ing a 1950s-era conservative ethos than acknowl­edging mod­ern reality.”
 
On Chris Sununu: “We suspect that blocking access to affordable health care to thousands of Granite State women will end up being a poor excuse for what was essentially his declaration as a candidate for governor.”
 
On David Wheeler: “At the front of the line of political opportunists is Councilor David Wheeler, of Milford, an unabashed ideologue who demonstrated just how uninterested he is in allowing facts to inform his votes.”
 
On Governor Hassan standing firm against Republicans’ partisan attacks against Planned Parenthood: “Good for her.”
 
Click here for the full Nashua Telegraph editorial or see excerpt below:
 
'Shameful" was the first word that came to mind after Wednesday's vote by the New Hampshire Ex­ecutive Council that reject­ed a contract with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England - cutting about $640,000 from the group that provides medical care to an estimated 12,000 New Hampshire residents, mostly low-income women.
 
It was shameful to see a council so out of touch with its constituents - outside the vocal, extremist end of the spectrum - that they are more interested in preserv­ing a 1950s-era conservative ethos than acknowl­edging mod­ern reality.
 
It was shameful that politi­cal ambition on the part of Republi­can Coun­cilor Chris Sununu finally cracked his history of vot­ing with common sense rather than his party. We suspect that blocking access to affordable health care to thousands of Granite State women will end up being a poor excuse for what was essentially his declaration as a candidate for governor.
 
… At the front of the line of political opportunists is Councilor David Wheeler, of Milford, an unabashed ideologue who demonstrated just how uninterested he is in allowing facts to inform his votes.
 
Consider Wheeler's let­ter, sent earlier this week to Gov. Maggie Hassan - a woman sitting at the head of a table surrounded by well-heeled men in suits decid­ing the reproductive heath fate of thousands of lower-income women. Wheeler en­couraged Hassan to pull the Planned Parenthood con­tracts off the council's agen­da until the state conducted an investigation of Planned Parenthood practices around the abortions it performs and wheth­er the orga­nization il­legally sells fetal tissue and organs.
 
"We do not launch investigations in the state of New Hampshire on ru­mor," Hassan said. "We do not launch criminal investi­gations in the state of New Hampshire because some­body edits a tape."
 
Good for her.
 
Click here for the full Nashua Telegraph editorial.


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