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NHDP - Walt Havenstein's Deceptive Stance on Women's Health Issues Dangerous For NH Families 


Granite State Women Cannot Trust Havenstein To Defend Their Access To Health Care

Concord, NH-- In the first week of his candidacy, a series of troubling reports have shown that Maryland multimillionaire Walt Havenstein is trying to deceive voters on his position on women's health care. Havenstein's misleading statements clearly demonstrate why he is wrong for the women of New Hampshire and how his deceptive stance could mean the return of Tea Party attacks on women's health care.

"Once again, Walt Havenstein is trying to have it both ways, and not giving straight answers to the people of New Hampshire," said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan. "He doesn't want New Hampshire women to know that he is not pro-choice; he doesn't want us to know what restrictions he would put on our right to make our own health decisions. Voters will easily see through Walt Havenstein's misleading statements, and reject him and his far-right allies."

In 2011 and 2012, the O'Brien led Tea Party legislature introduced numerous initiatives to limit a women's access to health care. States across the country have seen similar restrictive legislation introduced and passed. 
"While voters in New Hampshire voted out the Tea Party in 2012, over the last year, we've seen these attacks continue across the country, with numerous states passing bills restricting access to health care for women, mandating procedures, and trying to shut down service providers," said State Representative Candace Bouchard. "We already know that Havenstein opposes expanding coverage for birth control and family planning through the bipartisan medicaid expansion plan. What else does he oppose and what other restrictions would he put on a woman's right to make her own health decisions? What would he sign or veto?" Bouchard asked.

Walt Havenstein Anti-Choice Background:

Havenstein Confided To Republican Backers That He Is Pro-Life. The Union Leader reported on Havenstein's stance on women's issues saying, "'It’s his first campaign mistake,' said former Gov. Stephen Merrill, who was beside Havenstein last week at his campaign kickoff. Merrill said the candidate told him he is personally pro-life and as governor would support a ban on late-term abortions and a requirement for parental notification." [Union Leader, 4/21/14]

Havenstein Was Unwilling To Comment On Anti-Choice Bills Before The Legislature. According to the Union Leader, Walt Havenstein's campaign would not answer a series of questions pertaining to Havenstein's stance on various bills being discussed in the legislature. [Union Leader, 4/21/14]

State Attacks on Women's Health

Over 1,000 Ant-Choice Provisions Introduced In States In Past 3 Years. There have been a record amount of anti-choice bills introduced into state legislatures over the past 3 years amounting to over 1,000 anti-choice provisions. [Planned Parenthood, accessed 4/24/14]
  • 257 Of Those Provisions Became Laws Restricting A Women's Access To HealthCare.
Last Year, 22 States Adopted 70 Different Anti-Choice Laws. According to a New York Times report, "In 2013 alone, 22 states adopted 70 different restrictions, including late-abortion bans, doctor and clinic regulations, limits on medication abortions and bans on insurance coverage." [New York Times, 1/3/14]

Since 1995, There Have Been 808 Anti-Choice Bills Passed. According to a study by the group NARAL, "Since 1995, states have enacted 808 anti-choice measures." [NARAL, accessed 4/24/14]

In 2011, Planned Parenthood Was Defunded In NH. As a result of a Tea Party legislature, Planned Parenthood was abruptly defunded by the Executive Council resulting in countless Granite State women and mothers losing access to vital health care.[Huffington Post,  9/10/11]

New Hampshire Tea Party Radicals Introduced Numerous Anti-Choice Measures. Starting in 2010, a Tea Party led legislature introduced countless measures to restrict New Hampshire women access to health care. [National Partnership for Women and Families, 3/15/12]

DNC - Where Rand Paul really stands on privacy

As Rand Paul continues to attack Democrats on the issue of privacy in an attempt to win back young voters that rejected the GOP in 2012 – let’s take a look on where he actually stands on some of the major privacy issues of the day.

Allowing women to make their own private medical decisions without government intrusion?

Nope. Paul continues to support putting legislators between a woman and her doctor by opposing Roe v. Wade.

Paul has even sponsored personhood legislation that jeopardizes common forms of birth control and has been rejected by voters in states like Mississippi.

How about without her boss’s intrusion?

No again. Paul sponsored the Blunt Amendment to allow bosses to reject birth control coverage.

And allowing all Americans to live the life of their choosing without government interference, including marrying who they love?

False. Rand Paul wouldn't support legislation making gay marriage legal for every American, no matter where they live. 

On privacy – Rand is continuing the GOP’s time honored “do as I say, not as I do” tactic. But at the end of the day, his positions on some of the most basic privacy issues are out of step with the majority of Americans.


Cryans For Executive Council #1 - Planned Parenthood Under Attack 

Dear Friend,

Here we go again: the Republican Party has nominated an ideologue who opposes women’s access to health care as their standard bearer in the Executive Council special election. They picked radical former State Senator Joe Kenney - who has voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

We have seen this movie before, and we know how it ends. 

When anti-choice Republicans held sway on the Executive Council in 2011, they voted to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. 15,000 NH residents were denied access to critical health services like mammograms, cancer screenings, and birth control because the Council put ideology ahead of common sense.
Please join me in standing up for women's health by making a contribution to Mike Cryans right now.  

While you and I think the Executive Council should be advocating for a  stronger economy, Joe Kenney and Republicans see it as another avenue to put the government between women and their doctors. 

Don't let the Tea Party do it again.  Donate $25 right now and help defeat Joe Kenney and his radical opposition to access to women’s health care.

New Hampshire can't afford Joe Kenney's extreme Tea Party ideology on the Executive Council.
With your help we won’t.

Thank you,
Kathy Sullivan

Cornerstone: Abortion, Gambling, and ObamaCare.Help Us Defend Our State

Cornerstone Action

Dear Friend of Cornerstone,

Bills harboring abortion and furthering the expansion of Medicaid (ObamaCare), as well as gambling, threaten the family values we strive to protect. It is the responsibility of the citizens of New Hampshire to weigh in on these issues, to ensure that our legislature knows where its constituents stand. Here is some information on these issues and what YOU can do to have an effect on the outcome.

Medicaid Expansion
On Saturday, January 25 in Bedford, Senator Samborn will be hosting an event to help us stop Medicaid expansion/ObamaCare.
Even better – Senator Rand Paul will be joining us via Skype!
Stop ObamaCare Town Hall and Training Session 
Saturday, January 25 at 4 PM Eastern 
Manchester Country Club 
180 South River Road 
Bedford, NH 03110 
RSVP here
The ObamaCare expansion will wreck New Hampshire’s finances, force an income or general sales tax on Granite State citizens, and make ObamaCare a reality.
But you can help stop ObamaCare. The Republican majority in the Senate can kill the bill and protect you from the health care takeover. This training session will teach you how to win.
RSVP to join Rand Paul and Andy Samborn to Stop the ObamaCare expansion!

Expanded Gambling
Gambling is a high priority issue in New Hampshire’s legislative agenda for this year. Governor Hassan has a glaring 75 million dollar hole in the budget, which she plans to fill with a massive casino in Salem New Hampshire. It is clear what harmful effects gambling can have on an individual and a family. However, there are far more dangers to New Hampshire families than simply the addiction to gambling. These dangers can be seen here on the coalition’s web page. I encourage you to peruse the site and see how detrimental the casino will be for families here in New Hampshire.
I also implore you to get involved, you can make an immeasurable difference in this fight! Click on this link to find your legislator. Email Brian Beihl with your legislator’s name. He will provide you with subject matter to effectively approach your representatives and help us keep the casino out of New Hampshire!

Brian Beihl,
Field Organizer, Casino Free NH
Battle for Life
The abortion reporting statistics bill, mentioned in our last update, has moved into subcommittee. The hearing had a lot of support and we as an organization plan to be even more active in the subcommittee, keep us in your prayers as we approach the upcoming hearing.
This upcoming week we will be working against a proposed buffer-zone bill SB319-FN. This bill,


     “Provides certain parameters for access to reproductive health care facilities. The bill establishes a civil fine and authorizes the attorney general or county attorney to seek injunctive relief in certain circumstances.” (SB 319)

With this provision, the parameters outside Planned Parenthood facilities will be extended to keep out those who fight for life. We need your support in numbers on this one. The more people we have in person at the state house for this hearing the greater the impact. This is an infringement on our 1st amendment rights, and a direct attack on those who fight for the lives of the unborn.
Come join us and lift our team up in your prayers on,

  Tuesday January, 28th
  9:55 Am
  Room 100, Legislative Office Building
  33 N State St, Concord, NH 03301
Thank you for all of your support and prayers for the Cornerstone team, please come and join us in our fight for New Hampshire families!


American Principles In Action - RNC Takes Major Steps for Life This Week, APIA in the News

American Principles Project

The Republican National Committee made unprecedented strides this week to promote the dignity of human life, which shows great promise for the future of the Republican party and for America.
On Wednesday January 22nd, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and his fellow RNC delegates joined hundreds of thousands of Americans in Washington, D.C., in an unprecedented move to participate in the March for Life.
Yesterday, the RNC took another step in the right direction, and voted to pass a resolution that seeks to encourage Republican candidates to fight back against the Democrats' 'War on Women' attacks. The resolution also states that the RNC will not support a “strategy of silence” when it comes to Republican candidates and the life issues.
This resolution was put forth by RNC Committeewoman and APIA board member Ellen Barrosse, and comes on the heels of the American Principles in Action’s report “Building a Winning GOP Coalition,” which was released back in October 2013. APIA’s report recommended that the Republican party speak out on the social issues, including life issues, instead of using their current ‘strategy of silence’ on the social issues. This report is available online and can be read in full here.
You can also read the entire RNC pro-life resolution at the bottom of this CNN story:

Major news clips on the RNC’s Resolution, that you don’t want to miss:
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer – CNN
Ellen Barrosse, RNC Chairwoman and Board Member of the American Principles in Action, discusses the "Resolution on Republican Pro-Life Strategy" with CNN correspondent Tom Foreman on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on January 21st, 2014.

The Lead with Jake Tapper – CNN
CNN national political reporter Peter Hamby and CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash discuss the "Resolution on Republican Pro-Life Strategy" with Jake Tapper on The Lead on January 22nd, 2014. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is also interviewed during the segment.

Inside the Beltway: GOP Advised to Battle ‘War on Women’ Rhetoric The Washington Times
“Some Republican candidates have adopted a strategy of deflection and silence when attacked with ‘War on Women’ rhetoric, and we’ve now seen that silence is a losing strategy,” says delegate Ellen Barrosse, who authored the resolution and is a board member of American Principles in Action, a nonprofit group.

“If Republican candidates want to connect with key voters, such as women, Hispanics, and young people. They need to fight back on the life issue when attacked,” she adds.”
Read the full article here.
GOP Readies for 2014 with New Tactics, Familiar Messages – CBS
“RNC delegate Ellen Barrosse, also a board member of American Principles in Action and the author of the resolution, told CBS News that GOP candidates like 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Virginia’s 2013 Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli lost their respective races after inadequately answering charges that they were insensitive to women’s issues. Democrat Terry McAuliffe only narrowly beat Cuccinelli in November after pro-abortion rights groups poured money into the campaign.

“Our polling shows that in a situation where Democrats attack Republicans with ‘war on women’ rhetoric and Republicans then attack Democrats for their extremism on abortion, both candidates suffer...  but the Democrat suffers more, and he won’t [use that attack] again,” she said.”
Read the full article here.
GOP to Push Candidates to Defend Anti-Abortion Stances – The Hill
“RNC delegate Ellen Barrosse of Delaware is sponsoring the "Resolution on Republican Pro-Life Strategy” and will introduce it at the committee’s winter meeting in Washington this week.
“Candidates who stay silent on pro-life issues do not identify with key voters, fail to alert voters to Democrats’ extreme pro-abortion stances, and have lost their elections,” the resolution says. 
Barrosse and her co-sponsors say the GOP needs to take on the Democrats’ “deceptive ‘War on Women’ rhetoric.” The resolution says the Republican Party will support anti-abortion-rights candidates who overcome a strategy of silence on the issue.”
Read the full article here.