NHDP - Lamontagne Should Cancel Plans to Campaign With Controversial Author Who Has Called Reproductive Rights "Frivolous"
Ovide Continues to Court National Right-Wing, As He Tells
NH Voters Reproductive Health Care is Not "Topical"
CONCORD - Ovide Lamontagne should cancel his plans to campaign today with a controversial author who has called reproductive health care "frivolous" and instead use the time to come clean with New Hampshire voters about his extreme anti-choice agenda.
Lamontagne plans to campaign tonight with far-right media personality Mark Steyn. The Canadian man is a controversial author and frequent guest host on the Rush Limbaugh show.
"Mark Steyn has made a career launching hateful attacks against women and minorities, and calling for the end of Medicare. Ovide Lamontagne should cancel his plans to campaign with him and instead use the time to come clean with New Hampshire voters about his own extreme agenda," said Kathy Sullivan, former chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
Ovide Lamontagne has refused to discuss his extreme stands on access to birth control, defunding Planned Parenthood, and banning abortion - even for the victims of the crimes of rape and incest - with New Hampshire voters. He has said the issues are not "topical" and not "central" to the election.
But even as Lamontagne dismisses New Hampshire voters who raise questions about what he has termed "reproductive rights ... whatever those are," he continues to court right-wing organizations and individuals who have made criminalizing abortion a priority.
Lamontagne has signed a pledge to implement the agenda of Cornerstone, which includes bills banning abortion in the first trimester. He has received the endorsement of the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List; and campaigned with right-wing governors who have passed numerous abortion restrictions. He has also promised to work "aggressively" to repeal marriage equality."
"Ovide says reproductive health care is not an important issue, but he certainly spends a lot of time with people determined to take those rights away," Sullivan said.
"Ovide has no time to answer questions from New Hampshire citizens about his extreme agenda to de-fund Planned Parenthood and criminalize abortion, but he has plenty of time to campaign with right-wing extremists and quietly promise them he will support their agendas," Sullivan said. "Ovide is not being straight with the people of New Hampshire about what bills he would sign, and how they would affect the rights of women to control their own health care decisions."
Steyn has called the reproductive rights "frivolous;" said that "the feminist movement chose early on to fetishise abortion and is unwilling to be weaned from its habit;"[i] called Elizabeth Warren a "redskin;"[ii] and said Medicare will "end America as we know it."[iii]