Shaheen Rallies with President of Planned Parenthood
Concord N.H. October 3, 2014- Senator Jeanne Shaheen's appearance today with the President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund (their political arm) is an embarrassment to her New Hampshire constituents. Instead of rallying with PP, the Senator could have served the women of New Hampshire better by asking PP's representative a few questions.
Why did Planned Parenthood of Northern New England lobby so hard for a "buffer zone" law, knowing that the U.S. Supreme Court was about to rule on a similar Massachusetts law? Why did a PPNNE representative stand by Governor Hassan as she signed New Hampshire's buffer zone law AFTER the Supreme Court threw out the Massachusetts law on which the New Hampshire law is modeled? Why did PP put New Hampshire taxpayers on the hook for defending such a First Amendment violation? The Senator's concern for New Hampshire women apparently does not extend to according them freedom to witness peacefully outside abortion facilities.
Until this year's legislative session, Planned Parenthood resisted legislative attempts to mandate collection of abortion statistics. Gathering abortion statistics would not affect PP funding nor operations, but could provide valuable public-health insight.
Why does Planned Parenthood go its own way in dispensing abortion-inducing drugs, rather than abiding by FDA protocols regarding how far into pregnancy such drugs should be used without danger to pregnant women? In extending the time of administration of the drug Mifeprex beyond the FDA’s recommended standard, Planned Parenthood is putting the health of women at risk.
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Shaheen Rallies with President of Planned Parenthood
"Once again Scott Brown has made it painfully obvious that New Hampshire women can't count on him to recognize issues that matter to them, let alone stand up for them," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "The message women across New Hampshire are hearing is loud and clear: Scott Brown isn't on our side."
New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown avoided talking about his record on reproductive rights and equal pay in a Tuesday appearance on Fox News by suggesting that nobody cares about those issues.
Fox News host Gretchen Carlson asked Brown to address comments from his opponent, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), about his voting record.
"He doesn’t stand up for women’s reproductive rights and economic security," Carlson quoted Shaheen as saying. "He co-sponsored legislation to let employers deny women coverage for birth control or even mammograms. He had two opportunities to vote for equal pay laws and both times he voted no."
"So Senator, how do you respond to her claims?" Carlson asked.
"Well unfortunately, I’m talking about issues that people care about," Brown fired back.
A spokesperson for EMILY's List, a progressive women's PAC that is supporting Shaheen, challenged the premise that voters don't care about these issues.
"The research in 2014 shows really clearly that voters care about women's economic security, and their access to birth control and abortion - which are hardly two separate issues," said Jess McIntosh, communications director for EMILY's List. "It seems like dismissing the top concerns of swing voters 34 days before the election is a bad electoral strategy, but it looks like the one Republican candidates are going with."
An August poll by American Women found that women's health and economic security are top motivating issues for swing and drop-off voters this cycle.
When Brown was in the Senate representing Massachusetts, he co-sponsored a billwith Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) that would have allowed employers to opt out of providing any aspect of health care coverage to which they morally object, including birth control. Brown also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would require employers to prove that any discrepancies in pay between male and female employees are based on experience or performance, not gender.
But now, in his New Hampshire Senate race, Brown has avoided addressing those issues. He punted a question about equal pay in a September interview with New Hampshire Public Radio. Asked why he thinks the gender wage gap persists and how he and other Republican candidates would try to close it, Brown replied, "Well, I’ll leave that to the political pundits."
"I know that I have a house full of women," he said. "Three overachieving, hard-charging, accomplished women, two of which are independent and obviously following their career paths, of which I have supported along with Gail.
"That being said, we need to do everything and anything we can to make sure that they and others have opportunities to achieve that balance, being a mom — having it all — and obviously, having a career," he added.
Brown is not the only Republican candidate in New Hampshire to suggest that people don't care about reproductive rights. State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, who is running for Congress in New Hampshire's 2nd District, said in a radio interview this week that only "two percent" of voters in her district care about social issues like abortion, birth control and equal pay, and that Democrats are using those issues as "scare tactics" to sway women.
Garcia opposes legal abortion and wrote on her 2012 campaign site that she supports "clarifying the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections as applicable to unborn children." The site has since been taken down.
Manchester, NH—The platform of the New Hampshire Republican Party, approved this weekend, would make abortion—with no exceptions even for rape, incest, or the life of the mother — and many common forms of birth control illegal, and roll back marriage equality.
“New Hampshire Republicans would make abortion illegal, and make illegal many common forms of birth control. The NHGOP thinks they should make the decisions for women about birth control and abortion,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “They’re endorsing the most extreme, most restrictive, most offensive views of right-wing Tea Party fanatics. It’s an outrageous attack that New Hampshire women will remember on Election Day.
“But that’s not all. The Republican platform also would end marriage equality, making same-sex couples second-class citizens. It’s wrong, and a step backward that the people of New Hampshire will not tolerate."
The new NHGOP platform reads, "Support the pre-born child’s fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment, and implement all Constitutional and legal protections.”
It continues, “Recognize marriage as the legal and sacred union between one man and one woman as ordained by God, encouraged by the State, traditional to humankind, and the core of the Family.”
Washington examiner // REBECCA BERG | SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 | 6:20 PM
The New Hampshire Republican Party amended its platform this weekend with stricter abortion provisions, including support for "personhood," which defines life as beginning at conception.
Personhood has become a hot-button issue in Senate races across the country this year, such as Colorado, where Democrats have successfully attacked Rep. Cory Gardner for having supported such a measure in the past.
Now, the issue could spread to New Hampshire, following the state party's decision at its convention.
The platform now states: "Support the unborn child's fundamental right to life and establish that, in NH law, personhood begins at conception."
It adds: “Support a Life at Conception Act guaranteeing the protections of Life and Personhood to the pre-born under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”
The platform previously supported "implement(ing) all possible legal protections" and acknowledged the "unborn child's fundamental right to life."
The new wording was proposed by Walt Stapleton, a New Hampshire small business owner, and approved by a voice vote with little discussion. Stapleton confirmed to theWashington Examiner that he proposed the amendment.
Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who is running for re-election against Republican Scott Brown, indicated in a statement Monday that she now plans to make personhood, and its place in the state GOP's platform, an issue in the campaign.
"The message from Scott Brown and his Republican Party is disturbing, alarming and clear: they believe they should make the decisions about birth control and health care for women in New Hampshire and around the country," Shaheen said. "They are dangerously wrong, and by signing on with Tea Party extremists, they're showing just how irresponsibly out of touch they are with the needs and rights of women."
Brown's campaign and the state Republican party did not respond to requests for comment. Brown has described himself in the past as "pro-choice" on abortions.
Steve Duprey, who has run many Republican campaigns in New Hampshire, predicted Republicans, including Brown, would not be greatly hindered by the new platform. "I know very few Republicans that support every plank of the platform," Duprey said.
But personhood, which would ban all abortions without exception and limit access to birth control, has already become an issue in other races this year. In Colorado, Gardner has attempted to distance himself from his past support for the provision, but Democrats have nevertheless spent millions of dollars on advertisements emphasizing the opposite.