Sununu Also Doubles Down on Debunked Claims About Effects of Defunding Planned Parenthood
Concord, N.H. – Not only has Chris Sununu already defunded Planned Parenthood at the state level, but he’s now voicing his support for Kelly Ayotte’s efforts to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal level too.
Sununu told National Journal, “Yes, similar to [Senator] Kelly Ayotte, if they want to consider defunding Planned Parenthood, that’s their choice and I would support that.”
In the same interview, Sununu also doubled down on his debunked claims about the effects of defunding Planned Parenthood, saying “Not a single woman is going to lose the option for health care because of that vote. Not a single one.”
But here’s what leading doctors had to say about Chris Sununu’s false claims:
Dr. Barry Smith, chairman of OB/GYN emeritus at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center: “There is simply no way for other health care providers to meet the tremendous need for health care in New Hampshire without Planned Parenthood. The well-being of millions of women depends on Planned Parenthood health centers across New Hampshire and around the country. And the future of Planned Parenthood depends on all of us speaking the truth to these misleading political attacks.”
Dr. Mark S. DeFrancesco, President of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “The suggestion that America’s health care infrastructure can support these millions of displaced patients is simply wrong… Without access to Planned Parenthood clinics, many women — especially low-income women — would have nowhere else to turn.”
And the Valley News editorial board agrees: “A number of prominent health care providers in the state are not convinced by Sununu’s assertion that there are many other organizations that can and should fill in for Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire. Neither are we. Call it political necessity or call it caving, but Sununu’s vote against state funding, at a time when many women need its services, does not bode well for New Hampshire’s leadership needs.”