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Saturday
May232015

NHDP - American Congress of OB-GYNs Opposes Kelly Ayotte’s Sham Birth Control Bill 

Salon Calls Bill “A Giant Fraud”

Concord, N.H. – Today, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) joined the growing chorus of doctors and women’s health advocates opposing Kelly Ayotte’s sham birth control bill.
 
Salon called the bill “a giant fraud.” Adding, Ayotte “wants to sell women a bill of goods. They're not buying, and neither are doctors.”
 
The Huffington Post reported that ACOG President Mark S. DeFrancesco, M.D., issued the following statement on behalf of the non-profit organization of women's health doctors:
 
“The Affordable Care Act removed many barriers to preventive care that keeps women healthy. By making contraceptives available to women without a co-pay, it has truly increased access to contraception, thereby decreasing unintended pregnancies, and allowing women to better plan their futures. Unfortunately, instead of improving access, this bill would actually make more women have to pay for their birth control, and for some women, the cost would be prohibitive."
 
“As women’s health care providers, we welcome robust and productive dialogue about the indisputable role that contraceptives play in the health, well-being, and productivity of American women. We would welcome any legislation that would do what this proposal purports to do – help women. As it stands, however, we cannot support a plan that creates one route to access at the expense of another, more helpful route.”
 
BACKGROUND
 
Planned Parenthood On Republican Birth Control Bill: “Insult To Women.” “Planned Parenthood noted that birth control pills can cost women up to $600 a year, which is now covered under the Affordable Care Act, and that the bill would take away insurance coverage for birth control that’s made available over-the-counter. The bill doesn’t expand the availability or protect the affordability of IUDs and other highly effective methods of birth control.” [Planned Parenthood, 5/21/15]
 
Ayotte Voted To Bar Use Of Funds For Planned Parenthood. In April 2011, Ayotte voted in favor of: “adoption of the concurrent resolution that would direct the House clerk to make a correction in the enrollment of a bill (HR 1473) to provide $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2011, and insert a section that would bar the use of funds made available in the bill to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. or its affiliates.” The concurrent resolution was rejected 42-58. [H.Con.Res. 36, Vote 60, 4/14/11]
 
Ayotte Voted For And Was An Original Cosponsor Of The Blunt Amendment. The Blunt Amendment would have allowed employers to deny women coverage for birth control and for other important preventive health services. The American Cancer Society opposed the amendment because it would allow employers deny coverage to life-saving preventive services like mammograms. [S.Amdt. 1520 to S.Amdt. 1730 to S. 1813, Vote 24, 3/1/12; New York Times, 3/2/12]
 
Following Hobby Lobby Decision, Ayotte Issued Statement Supportive Of The Decision To Deny Some Women Contraception Coverage. “U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s decision on religious liberty in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: ‘Americans shouldn’t be forced to comply with government mandates that violate core principles of their faith. This case is fundamentally a matter of religious freedom, and this ruling affirms Americans’ religious liberties as protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.’” [Office of Sen. Ayotte, Press Release, 6/30/14]
 
Ayotte Has Voted to Repeal the ACA; More Than 150k Women In New Hampshire Gained Access To Expanded Preventative Health Services Without Cost-Sharing Because Of The ACA. “Because of the Affordable Care Act, 76 million Americans with private health insurance gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing, including 382,000 in New Hampshire. And women can now get coverage without cost-sharing of even more preventive services they need.  Of the 76 million Americans with expanded access to free preventive services, 29.7 million are women, including 152,000 in New Hampshire receiving expanded preventive services without cost-sharing.” [Department of Health & Human Services, 8/1/13]

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Friday
May222015

NHDP - US Sen Kelly Ayotte’s Misleading OTC Birth Control Bill

Ayotte’s “Plan” Would Force Women to Pay Hundreds of Dollars More Out of Pocket for Birth Control That is Now Free Thanks to the ACA
 
Ayotte Has Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood, Supported Allowing Bosses To Deny Women Health Insurance That Covers Their Full Health Needs, And Voted to Repeal the Affordable Care Act
 

Concord, N.H. – Kelly Ayotte’s misleading over-the-counter birth control proposal may sound good, but it’s not. Right now, women can get birth control at no cost thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But Ayotte’s “plan” would force women to pay $600 per year more in out-of-pocket costs, costing women more than $480 million a year across the country.
 
“While over-the-counter birth control may sound good, the reality is that Kelly Ayotte’s ‘plan’ would force New Hampshire women to pay hundreds of dollars per year - out of pocket - for birth control that they can get for free rightnow,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Lizzy Price“If Kelly Ayotte really cared about access to affordable birth control, she wouldn’t have voted to defund Planned Parenthood, supported allowing bosses to deny women insurance that covers their full health needs, and voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”
 
“Not only has Ayotte consistently voted for backward policies that would set women and families back economically, but now she’s trying to mislead voters about her true record. New Hampshire women won’t be fooled by Ayotte’s attempts to deceive and mislead with this latest political smokescreen,” added Price.
 
BACKGROUND
 
Planned Parenthood: Why Recent Over-the-Counter Birth Control Proposals are Really Underhanded. “Since their positions are so unpopular with voters in their states, it’s obvious why they’re trying to confuse voters by masking their real agenda: to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), take away the no-copay birth control coverage that is already available to more than 48 million women nationwide, and force women to ONCE AGAIN pay out-of-pocket for all birth control.” [Planned Parenthood, 9/8/14]
 
Ayotte Voted To Bar Use Of Funds For Planned Parenthood. In April 2011, Ayotte voted in favor of: “adoption of the concurrent resolution that would direct the House clerk to make a correction in the enrollment ofa bill (HR 1473) to provide $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2011, and insert a section that would bar the use of funds made available in the bill to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. or its affiliates.” The concurrent resolution was rejected 42-58. [H.Con.Res. 36, Vote 60, 4/14/11]
 
Ayotte Voted For And Was An Original Cosponsor Of The Blunt Amendment. The Blunt Amendment would have allowed employers to deny women coverage for birth control and for other important preventive health services. The American Cancer Society opposed the amendment because it would allow employers deny coverage to life-saving preventive services like mammograms. [S.Amdt. 1520 to S.Amdt. 1730 to S. 1813, Vote 24, 3/1/12; New York Times, 3/2/12]
 
Following Hobby Lobby Decision, Ayotte Issued Statement Supportive Of The Decision To Deny Some Women Contraception Coverage. “U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court's decision on religious liberty in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: ‘Americans shouldn't be forced to comply with government mandates that violate core principles of their faith. This case is fundamentally a matter of religious freedom, and this ruling affirms Americans' religious liberties as protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.’” [Office of Sen. Ayotte, Press Release, 6/30/14]
 
Ayotte Has Voted to Repeal the ACA; More Than 150k Women In New Hampshire Gained Access To Expanded Preventative Health Services Without Cost-Sharing Because Of The ACA. “Because of the Affordable Care Act, 76 million Americans with private health insurance gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing, including 382,000 in New Hampshire. And women can now get coverage without cost-sharing of even more preventive services they need.  Of the 76 million Americans with expanded access to free preventive services, 29.7 million are women, including 152,000 in New Hampshire receiving expanded preventive services without cost-sharing.” [Department of Health & Human Services, 8/1/13]

 
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Thursday
May142015

NHDP - ICYMI: “GOP should stand proudly with Planned Parenthood” 

Concord, N.H. – Last week, Kelly Ayotte's New Hampshire Republican Party renewed its extreme position on women’s health, forcing RNC Committeeman Steve Duprey to issue an apology and admit he made a mistake for supporting Planned Parenthood.
  
Responding in a Concord Monitor op-ed, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund’s Jennifer Frizzell writes that protecting women’s health is a goal that members of both parties should be able to support “without apology.”
 
See below for the full op-ed:
 
My Turn: "GOP should stand proudly with Planned Parenthood"
By Jennifer Frizzell
http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/16870551-95/my-turn-gop-should-stand-proudly-with-planned-parenthood
 
A recent New Hampshire Republican party leader’s attendance at a Planned Parenthood event has prompted a public conversation about what it means to be both a Republican and a Planned Parenthood supporter. Of concern, the coverage to date seems to be motivated by ideological politics and ignore the reality of peoples’ lives.
 
I grew up in a New Hampshire Republican household with a steady stream of community and civic engagement. My parents raised three daughters and discussions about protecting our health and taking charge of our futures never came with a political label. Individual freedom, personal responsibility and limited government were always GOP core principles. In fact, many Republicans have told me that’s why they have long supported family planning and Planned Parenthood’s mission – to ensure all women have the information and resources they need to control their own reproductive health.
 
For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has focused on the importance of providing access to reproductive health care for women and families, and in New Hampshire and across the country we depend on leaders on both sides of the aisle to help us continue this work.
 
In many parts of the country, Planned Parenthood was founded and supported by Republicans, and a number of Republican presidents have demonstrated strong commitments to federal family planning programs that provide affordable access to birth control and other preventive care.
 
Nowhere is that history more established than right here in New Hampshire, where the Legislature has a long track record of ensuring that women have access to the health services and the freedom to make decisions about their reproductive lives. 

Earlier this year, a bipartisan majority in the New Hampshire House continued this tradition by defeating an effort to block women from getting basic preventive services at health centers across the state – including affordable birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing and other essential care. This outcome was achieved with the vote of 76 pro-women’s health Republican representatives.
 
Leadership from prominent New Hampshire Republican officials has also been critical to protecting this access to care on a national level, including the late senator Warren Rudman and former congressman Charlie Bass. Both were outspoken about the importance of ensuring women have the freedom to make their own health care decisions rather than having the government make these decisions for them.
 
Planned Parenthood serves as an essential source of primary and preventive health care in New Hampshire, with 33 percent of Planned Parenthood health centers providing care in rural or medically underserved areas. Planned Parenthood patients come from every walk of life, every part of the country, span race, gender and economic background. And the 2.7 million patients who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers each year for lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing and treatment aren’t coming because of politics – they come because they care about their health and their lives.
 
Planned Parenthood is also proud to provide abortion, a safe and legal medical procedure that is supported by more than 73 percent of New Hampshire residents – the highest number of residents in any state in the country. And while labels don’t reflect the complexity of the issue or how people feel, a recent Suffolk University Poll shows nearly half of Republicans identify as “pro-choice” in New Hampshire. Like the majority of Americans – we can all agree that decisions about abortion should be left to a woman, her family, and her faith with the counsel of her doctor – and without government intrusion.
 
Reproductive health is not separate from economic concerns – they are deeply linked in women’s lives. When women can decide whether and when to have children, they are more able to pursue an education and achieve economic security.

We welcome a conversation about the role that Planned Parenthood health centers play in women’s lives, and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and our New Hampshire advocacy organization play in ensuring that people continue to have access to those health care and education services. By providing comprehensive reproductive care, Planned Parenthood is improving the health of women and communities and fueling a healthier economy. By advocating for laws and policies that protect women’s health, and educating voters about how candidates’ positions would affect women’s health, the Action Fund is helping to keep New Hampshire moving forward. These are goals the GOP should embrace – without apology.
 
(Jennifer Frizzell lives in Concord and works as the vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund.)

Monday
May112015

NHDP - NH Democrats continue to fight for mothers, GOP would leave them behind 

As we celebrate our Mothers today – whether they’re still with us or not – it’s important to note our commitment to support mothers of all kinds. Here in New Hampshire, Democrats continue to support working mothers and work to strengthen middle class families. We’d like to celebrate Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Annie Kuster for their leadership supporting working families, as well as being incredible mothers themselves. Happy Mother’s Day!
 
As we look ahead to 2016, Democrats are committed to fighting for mothers while the GOP makes it clear they are wrong on equal pay and a minimum wage increase – that will help mothers and their children get ahead.
 
Equal Pay for Women

  • Jeb Bush stated that he did not know what the Paycheck Fairness Act was when asked about it. 
  • Marco Rubio said the Paycheck Fairness Act was about “scoring political points,” “wasting time,” and a “show vote.”
  • Scott Walker repealed an equal pay law saying it was a “bogus issue.”
  • Rand Paul compared the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Soviet Politburo.
  • Chris Christie vetoed equal pay legislation calling it “senseless bureaucracy.”
  • Ted Cruz voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act and derided it as a “show vote.”

 
Raising the Minimum Wage

Friday
May082015

NHDP - NHGOP Renews Extreme Position on Women’s Health 

Forces Apology from Party Official for Supporting Planned Parenthood
 
Concord, N.H. – The New Hampshire Republican Party doubled down on its extreme position on women’s health this week, forcing RNC Committeeman Steve Duprey to issue an apology and admit he made a mistake for supporting Planned Parenthood.
 
NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn issued a statement saying, “we appreciate that Steve admitted that he made a mistake,” but even after forcing an apology, some NHGOP executive committee members are still “raising questions,” and suggested they could take further action at the NHGOP’s next executive meeting.
 
This latest anti-choice episode from the NHGOP follows the party’s decision to amend its official platform last September to include support for fetal “personhood” rights. Similar measures have been defeated in a number of states, including Mississippi, because they “could ban some forms of contraception and in vitro fertilization.”
 
“It’s astonishing but not surprising that the New Hampshire Republican Party believes that support for women’s health is a ‘mistake’ that requires an apology,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Lizzy Price. “Planned Parenthood provides critical health services for New Hampshire women and families including cancer screenings, breast exams and birth control, and Granite Staters will hold New Hampshire Republican Party leader Kelly Ayotte and GOP presidential hopefuls accountable for their party’s out-of-touch position on women’s health.”