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Friday
Oct102014

NHDP, NARAL Hosting Day Long Visibility Outside of Scott Brown's Manchester Office

4'x8' with Bill Text Parked In Front Of Brown's Office with Specific Legislative Language Requiring  Women To Look at Photographs of Fetuses Before Terminating a Pregnancy 
 
New Hampshire Women Gather For Day-Long Protest at Brown’s Office, Demand He Be Truthful About His Record of Limiting Reproductive Choices for Women
 
Manchester, NH—Continuing efforts to highlight Scott Brown’s support for controversial legislation he twice co-sponsored to require women to view photographs of developing fetuses before they could exercise their right to terminate a pregnancy, the New Hampshire Democratic Party is hosting a day long visibility effort outside of his Manchester office to remind New Hampshire women that Brown can't be trusted to protect reproductive rights. The NHDP, along with members of NARAL and concerned New Hampshire women, also unveiled a 4'x8' sized copy of the legislation Brown cosponsored outside his office, so he is reminded of just how wrong his legislation is for New Hampshire.  

"There is a very clear choice in this election when it comes to protecting women's reproductive rights, and Scott Brown's record proves that New Hampshire women simply can't trust him," said Laura Thibault, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire. "The facts are indisputable: Scott Brown has repeatedly backed legislation to roll back women's reproductive rights, and he's shown time and again that he can't be trusted to stand up to his party when those rights are under attack. When he was serving in the Massachusetts legislature, he twice supported legislation that would force women to look at pictures of fetuses before they had an abortion. That's absolutely unacceptable. While Scott Brown can say he's pro-choice all he wants, his record is anything but pro-choice."

“Scott Brown can't be trusted to protect reproductive rights for New Hampshire women," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “There's no denying the facts: Brown sponsored legislation not once but twice that would require women to look at pictures of developing fetuses before terminating a pregnancy.  The proof is right there in the text of the bill that he put his name on, and we're going to make sure voters know the truth about his record." 

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.
 

 


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Monday
Oct062014

NHDP - As Scott Brown & Republicans Make It Clear That They Will Not Defend Women’s Health

NHGOP Still Refusing to Release Anti-Choice Platform
 
Party Won't Come Clean on Personhood, Brown Decides Women’s Health Care Is Not An “Issue People Care About,” Garcia Declares Women Shouldn’t Be Able To Make Their Own Health Choices Because They’re “Emotional Roller Coasters,” and Burns Disparages Planned Parenthood

 
Manchester, NH – The NHGOP and its candidates can try, but they can no longer hide their anti-women agenda from New Hampshire voters. It’s been two weeks, and the NHGOP has continued to hide its party platform, approved on September 20th at its party convention, because it includes a 'Personhood' Amendment, which would make abortion—with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother — and many common forms of birth control illegal. Meanwhile, the NHGOP’s candidates are showing their true colors. 
 
Scott Brown declared on Fox News that equal pay and contraceptive coverage aren't “issues that people care about.” Comments from Marilinda Garcia surfaced, in which she calls women "emotional rollercoasters,
 and said that only ‘2 percent’ of women care about women's issues. And then, Republican Executive Council candidate Bob Burns told a cable access show that he thinks Planned Parenthood is "handing out birth control like candy." All in the past week. 
 
"The New Hampshire Republican Party can't hide the fact that its platform and its candidates are pushing an aggressive and radical agenda that would take basic health care decisions away from women,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Scott Brown, Marilinda Garcia, Bob Burns, and the rest of the Republican ticket would roll back women's reproductive rights if they had their way.


"Despite the NHGOP’s attempts to shield its platform from the public, we know where its candidates stand: they think issues like pay equity, access to reproductive health care, and the right for women make their own choices are not a priority. If they had their way, women would lose basic freedoms, and that is wrong for New Hampshire women and men alike.” 
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.”