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NHDP - NH Republicans Seek to Defund Planned Parenthood, Again 

Concord, N.H. – Before the legislative session has even begun, the Concord Monitor reports that New Hampshire Republicans are already gearing up for another fight to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict access to family planning and critical health services for hard-working Granite State families.
“It’s long past time for Republicans to give up their radical agenda to defund Planned Parenthood, which would restrict access to critical health services and hurt hard-working middle class families,” said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan. “The New Hampshire Republican Party needs to learn that safe and affordable access to family planning services isn’t just a ‘women’s issue,’ it’s an economic issue for thousands of hard-working Granite State families.”
“Governor Hassan worked to restore funding for Planned Parenthood in her first term, ensuring that thousands of Granite State women have access to the critical health services they depend on. New Hampshire Democrats call on Speaker Jasper, Senate President Morse and other Republican leaders to stop trying to re-fight the same partisan battles of the last Bill O’Brien legislature and work with Governor Hassan to solve problems, expand middle class opportunity, and keep our economy moving forward.” added Sullivan.


Cornerstone - Shaheen Planned Parenthood Rally 

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 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.


NHDP - Havenstein Refuses to Stand Up for Women’s Affordable Access to Health Coverage (Again)

Manchester, NH – Once again, failed CEO Walt Havenstein refused to stand up for women’s health as he remained silent on the Hobby Lobby "fix" legislation that was blocked by Senate Republicans, which would have ensured women receive health coverage for their full range of basic health needs regardless of their boss's personal religious beliefs. 
It’s no surprise Havenstein has stayed quiet. Whenever he's been pushed to show his true colors on critical issues, he's proved to Granite State women why he can't be trusted to protect their right to affordable health care. 
In recent weeks, Walt celebrated the Supreme Court’s far-right Hobby Lobby decision that allows bosses to come between a woman and her doctor, and voiced his opposition to buffer zone measures that protect women and workers accessing reproductive health clinics.
“Walt Havenstein has shown time and again that he can't be trusted to stand up for New Hampshire women and families,” said Julie McClain, Communications Director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.“Given his disturbing stances on the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision and buffer zone laws that protect women's safety and privacy, we're left to wonder where he stands on a number of other issues critical to women’s health that he refuses to answer.”
Below are just a few of the key questions Walt Havenstein has refused to answer on women's health:

Would he support the Bill O’Brien agenda to defund New Hampshire Planned Parenthood clinics?
He's already said he opposes New Hampshire's bipartisan plan to expand critical health coverage to tens of thousands of working women, including coverage for contraception. Would he also work to repeal our state's Medicaid expansion? 
He supports allowing employers to compensate women less than men by refusing to cover a woman's full range of basic health care needs while covering those of her male co-workers. Would he also work to repeal the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act that helps ensure women receive equal pay for an equal day's work? 
Would he support restrictions on women’s health clinics that were considered in the state legislature last spring?

And what other health coverage does he think men deserve but women don't? 

NHDP - At Debate Kenney Reveals Scheme to Defund Health Services for NH Women

Meredith - Executive Council candidate Joe Kenney revealed his scheme to defund basic health and family planning services for more than 15,000 Granite State women at tonight's debate in Meredith.  Kenney had been hiding his out of touch plan from voters and reporters for weeks, even prompting one to note, "Maybe Kenney was busy. But, hey, Burton always returned calls and took tough questions."

"The stakes in this election are clear: if Joe Kenney wins, New Hampshire women lose," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.  "Kenney made clear tonight that New Hampshire women simply can't trust him.  He would vote to defund Planned Parenthood and disrupt critical health services, like mammograms, cancer screenings, and birth control for thousands of New Hampshire women all in the name of his out of touch Tea Party ideology." 

Two years ago, Republicans on the Executive Council faced a massive backlash after voting to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, and deny more than 15,000 New Hampshire women critical health care services, including birth control, cancer screenings, and maternal care. As Executive Councilor, Kenney could vote to block a contract from being approved - even if Planned Parenthood is the winning bidder.

"Funding basic health services for thousands of Granite State women should never be a partisan issue, but sadly Joe Kenney disagrees.  On the Council he would be a vote for the radical right instead of an advocate for the women of northern New Hampshire," added Kirstein.


NHDP - Kenney Continues Dodging Questions About Basic Women's Health Services 

In Case You Missed It -- Valley News: "John Gregg Looking for Votes"

Key Point: "Kenney, on the other hand, ducked a call from the Concord Monitor on Tuesday — a spokeswoman instead highlighted his “14-year pro-life record” in the Legislature, though the Planned Parenthood contract doesn’t pay for abortions. And on Wednesday, the former state senator returned an email from the Valley News seeking an interview with the query: “John, What do you need? Joe,” but never returned a follow-up email.

"Maybe Kenney was busy. But, hey, Burton always returned calls and took tough questions."

Valley News: "John Gregg: Looking For Votes"
(Published in print: Thursday, January 30, 2014)

There’s now less than six weeks to go before New Hampshire’s March 11 Town Meeting Day and the special election to fill the vacant District 1 Executive Council seat of the late Ray Burton.

In campaign spending reports filed Wednesday, Hanover Democrat Mike Cryans, who was unopposed in last week’s primary, reported almost $60,000 in his campaign war chest, including $1,000 contributions from Friends of Maggie Hassan and the New Hampshire Educators Political Action Committee.

Wakefield Republican Joe Kenney, who handily won a three-way primary, reported almost $34,000 cash on hand, having spent almost $22,000 in the primary and loaned himself $10,000. Among his donors was former gubernatorial candidate John Stephen, who pitched in $250.

The district has about 264,000 residents, and includes Grafton and Coos counties, Claremont, Croydon, Plainfield, New London, Cornish, Grantham, Newport, Springfield, Sunapee and several cities and towns in the Lakes Region, including Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough and Wolfeboro.

Cryans is a Littleton native and Grafton County commissioner, but his home county’s population of 89,000 is only about one-third of the district. More to the point, the operative words as to who wins may be “Town Meeting voter.”

Even against the hugely popular Burton, Democratic opponents in recent elections would rack up big margins in Lebanon and Hanover and run competitively in Plymouth. But many of those loyal Democratic voters — especially college students — are unlikely to be turning out on Town Meeting Day. Still, Cryans said the race is winnable.

“I don’t see it as an impossible task,” Cryans said. “I view itas the challenge for the Cryans campaign to do the best job I can to encourage people to get out and vote.”

Plus he noted, it’s been a challenge this winter. “Who would have ever thought you would be campaigning when it’s 25 below zero?” he said.

Democrats this week were making hay of the fact that the Executive Council on Wednesday voted 4-0 to award $737,588 to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to provide family planning and other women’s health services at several health centers, including Claremont and West Lebanon. That reversed a 2011 vote where three Republicans then on the Executive Council opposed such a measure.

Cryans this week said he would have voted for the Planned Parenthood contract, because it provides funding for mammograms and other screenings.

“Anything that can improve women’s health care, I think is essential,” he said.

Kenney, on the other hand, ducked a call from the Concord Monitor on Tuesday — a spokeswoman instead highlighted his “14-year pro-life record” in the Legislature, though the Planned Parenthood contract doesn’t pay for abortions.

And on Wednesday, the former state senator returned an email from the Valley News seeking an interview with the query: “John, What do you need? Joe,” but never returned a follow-up email.

Maybe Kenney was busy. But, hey, Burton always returned calls and took tough questions.