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Thursday
Oct092014

NHDP - MA Senate President Therese Murray, Women Activists Set Record Straight on Brown

 
Scott Brown’s Bill Is Very Clear: It Would Force Pregnant Women To Look at Pictures of Developing Fetuses Before Being Able To Terminate A Pregnancy
 

Manchester, NH – In response to Scott Brown’s attempt to run away from his own record, Massachusetts State Senate President Therese Murray, along with women’s health advocates, today set the record straight on Scott Brown’s history of failing Massachusetts women. Senator Murray served with Scott Brown and spoke firsthand about Scott Brown’s support for legislation that would force women to view color photographs of fetuses before ending a pregnancy.
 
"New Hampshire women can't trust Scott Brown to stand up for their reproductive rights," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "Brown can try and run from his record all he wants, but the facts are indisputable: he twice cosponsored a bill that would require women to look at photographs of developing fetuses before being able to terminate their pregnancy. His record is just further proof that he's wrong for New Hampshire." 

“Scott claims he’s pro-choice, yet he votes to put women into boxes, stripping them of any choice when it comes to their health and reproductive care,” said Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray. “While in the Massachusetts legislature, Scott Brown co-sponsored the ‘Women’s Right to Know’ bill. This bill says that women must wait 24 hours and be given images and descriptions of developing fetuses before terminating a pregnancy, and that is not something that anyone who comes to that decision should be forced to go through. If people want to learn from Massachusetts’ mistakes, learn the facts about this bill. This is a woman’s body, and it should be her decision, between her and her doctor. No politician, especially not Scott Brown, should insert themselves in that decision.”
 
“Scott Brown is choosing to tout mainstream pro-choice values because he knows it’s popular, but he can't run from his anti-choice record,” said NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire Executive Director Laura Thibault. “Let me ask you this: who is Scott Brown to tell women what they need before making a private decision? When did Scott Brown become an expert on women and their own bodies? Why is Scott Brown deciding what's best for women and their families? The legislation he has supported was nothing more than another effort to place barriers between a woman and her constitutional right to choose.” 

To read the full text of the bill that Scott Brown co-sponsored to force women to view photographs of developing fetuses before ending a pregnancy, please click here.
Saturday
Oct042014

NHDP - ICYMI: "House Candidate [Marilinda Garcia] Who Called Women ‘Emotional Rollercoasters’ Says No One Cares About Women’s Rights"

ThinkProgress: "House Candidate [Marilinda Garcia] Who Called Women ‘Emotional Rollercoasters’ Says No One Cares About Women’s Rights"

Key Point: "In a radio interview on Tuesday, Marilinda Garcia (R-Rockingham), who is running to represent New Hampshire’s second congressional district, said that the Democrats’ focus on women’s issues was 'insulting, because they’re preying upon what they see as a vulnerable group, one that can be swayed with scare tactics.' She said that 'maybe 2 percent' of voters she’s talked to are concerned about women’s rights.

"Throughout her time in the state house, Garcia has made anti-women comments and has a record of voting against bills supporting women’s issues. In 2007, during a speech on parental notification for abortion, Garcia said that “a pregnant teen — I mean, most women are emotional roller coasters — but a pregnant teen is an emotional roller coaster going at warp-speed."

"Garcia also has voted against bills that would prohibit employment discrimination against victims of domestic violence, prohibit punishing employees who file complaints relating to paycheck equity and create buffer zones around abortion clinics. In a March interview, she said that she opposes the Violence Against Women Act because New Hampshire state law protects women. Domestic violence only became a distinct crime in new Hampshire earlier this year. [...]


"New Hampshire Republicans are taking flack this week after GOP Senate nominee Scott Brown dismissed women’s rights as issues people don’t care about. [...]

See here or below for the full ThinkProgress piece:

With the midterm election a little more thana month away, GOP candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate in New Hampshire have said that Democrats are using women’s issues as a way to distract voters from “real” issues.

In a radio interview on Tuesday, Marilinda Garcia (R-Rockingham), who is running to represent New Hampshire’s second congressional district, said that the Democrats’ focus on women’s issues was “insulting, because they’re preying upon what they see as a vulnerable group, one that can be swayed with scare tactics.” She said that “maybe 2 percent” of voters she’s talked to are concerned about women’s rights.

Throughout her time in the state house, Garcia has made anti-women comments and has a record of voting against bills supporting women’s issues. In 2007, during a speech on parental notification for abortion, Garcia said that “a pregnant teen — I mean, most women are emotional roller coasters — but a pregnant teen is an emotional roller coaster going at warp-speed.”

Garcia also has voted against bills that would prohibit employment discrimination against victims of domestic violence, prohibit punishing employees who file complaints relating to paycheck equity and create buffer zones around abortion clinics. In a March interview, she said that she opposes the Violence Against Women Act because New Hampshire state law protects women. Domestic violence only became a distinct crime in new Hampshire earlier this year.

The race currently leans Democrat. Rep. Ann McLane Custer is leading by around 11 percent, according to the latest polling.

New Hampshire Republicans are taking flack this week after GOP Senate nominee Scott Brown dismissed women’s rights as issues people don’t care about. He said that while “women’s issues are very important,” his focus is on things “people care about,” such as “immigration, border security, veterans’ issues, where we stand when it comes to Obamacare.” In September, Brown distanced himself from the New Hampshire Republican Party when they endorsed personhood, an extreme measure that would outlaw all abortion and possibly some forms of contraception.

During his time in the Senate representing Massachusetts, Brown had a mixed record on women’s issues; he voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act but voted for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. He also cosponsored a bill that would have allowed employers limit coverage of contraception for moral reasons.

Women’s issues have been playing a large role in this election. An August poll from Emily’s List found that 70 percent of “drop off” women voters said that the chance to vote against an anti-choice candidate was “very motivating.” The poll also found that 44 percent of swing voters said that reproductive rights were their top reason to vote for a Democratic candidate and that messaging about women’s health made voters more likely to vote for a generic Democratic candidate. Since the 1980s, women have been more likely to identify as Democrats, and Obama won the women’s vote by 11 percent in 2012.

But the GOP’s efforts to change their messaging to be less offensive to women so far are falling flat; a recent poll by two Republican groups found that women consider the party to be “intolerant” and “stuck in the past,” and that 49 percent of them have a negative view of Republicans. Outside of New Hampshire, Democrats in North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado and Alaska have been criticizing their Republican opponents for their stance on women’s issues, specifically their opposition to reproductive rights.

Saturday
Oct042014

Cornerstone - Shaheen Planned Parenthood Rally 

Cornerstone Action

 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.

Thursday
Oct022014

NHDP - ICYMI: "Scott Brown: Birth Control and Equal Pay Are Not 'Issues That People Care About'"

"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." 

 

Huffington Post: Scott Brown: Birth Control and Equal Pay Are Not 'Issues That People Care About'

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.

Wednesday
Sep242014

NHDP - NHGOP Platform: Make Abortion and Contraception Illegal, Support “Personhood,”

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.”

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