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NH Sen. Clark's breastfeeding reform bill to to have first hearing 2/17/15 1:40PM 

Portsmouth Democrat's first 2015 legislative initiative to face initial hurdle Tuesday

CONCORD - State Senator 
Martha Fuller Clark's first legislative initiatives of the current session, a bill that would require employees to provide  appropriate accommodations for nursing 
mothers while at work, goes before the Senate Commerce Committee at a hearing on Tuesday. 

Sen. Clark will make the case for her bill with testimony at the beginning of the hearing 

WHO: Senator Martha Fuller Clark testifies in support her breastfeeding reform bill (SB219) before the Senate Commerce Committee

WHERE: Rm. 100 at the State House, 107 North Main St., Concord, NH 

WHEN: 1:40 PM 2/17/15
ABOUT SB 219: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding through the first 6 months of an infant's life and continued breastfeeding until the infant is at least 12 months old . The World Health Organization, the US Surgeon General's Office, and the American Academy of Family Physicians also recommend similar periods of active breastfeeding for mothers and their infants.
Clark's proposal closely follows both federal and state legislation from around the country. Over 25 states have already passed similar legislation allowing for greater workplace access for nursing mothers during this crucial first year.  The Affordable Care Act also requires employers to provide such accommodations and provides for legal recourse to working mothers if employers fail to do so. 
Senator ​​Martha Fuller Clark represents Senate District ​21 which is comprised of the communities of Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, and Portsmouth.  
These are the stakes...To make a world in which all of God's children can live, or to go into the dark. We must either love each other, or we must die. LBJ, 1964

Women's Defense League of NH - SB 116 is a Pro-Choice, Pro-Women's Rights Bill

The Women's Defense League of New Hampshire  announces its support of SB 116 - AN ACT repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver.  We will be testifying in Concord in support of this bill on Thursday, January 29th at 1PM when the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a public hearing on it.

This common sense legislation allows women the choice to be licensed or not and makes clear that New Hampshire guarantees women their fundamental right of self-defense.  The majority of women gun owners in New Hampshire carry concealed as opposed to open carry.  This bill enables women who are legally able to own firearms the right to practice concealed carry without the impediment of obtaining a license.

Because SB 116 offers women the choice of licensure or not, it is truly a Pro-Choice, Pro-Women's Rights bill.  

The League thanks  Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley for his clearly demonstrated support of women's rights issues here in New Hampshire in bringing forth this important legislation.


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Join us for our 3rd Annual Women & Money Forum! 
When: Thursday, January 8, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Networking Reception to follow. 
Location: Southern New Hampshire University, Robert Frost Hall, 2500 North River Rd. Manchester, NH 
Rates: CWBA Members - $50, Non Yet Members - $75, Network Reception- $10
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Register by December 5th and receive a free admission to Networking Reception. 

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NHDP - Brown Voted to Cut Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Support for Women Owned Businesses 

Manchester, NH—With the election a week away, the choice between Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen couldn’t be clearer when it comes to support for women-owned businesses. As Jeanne Shaheen is today highlighting her commitment to supporting New Hampshire jobs and women-owned small businesses, Scott Brown’s record further proves that he’s wrong for New Hampshire.  When in the Massachusetts State Senate in 2006, Brown voted in support of then-Governor Romney’s deep cut to the Affirmative Market Program, which promoted equality by ensuring that women-owned businesses had a fair shot to participate in state contracts.
“The difference between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown is stark: Shaheen is the kind of leader who stands up for women-owned businesses and fights for opportunities for them to succeed, but Scott Brown champions cuts to programs that offer these businesses important support,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Scott Brown’s loyalty is with the big corporate special interests groups that fund his campaigns and line his pockets, not small businesses here in New Hampshire. His record and his economic agenda is just further proof that he’s not for New Hampshire.” 


Brown Voted to Cut $224,588 From Program Supporting Women-Owned Businesses. In 2006, Brown voted to uphold “Gov. Romney’s $224,588 veto reduction (from $299,588 to $75,000) in funding for the Affirmative Market Program (AMP). Supporters of the $224,588 said that AMP promotes equality by ensuring that minority and women-owned businesses participate in and receive state contracts in many areas including construction and the delivery of goods and services.” [Sun Chronicle, 8/7/06]


In May 2012, Brown Broke With His Party To Support The Shaheen Amendment To Better Protect Female Servicemembers Who Are The Victims Of Rape "Republicans -- even a small number of them -- joining with Democrats on Capitol Hill to protect women's reproductive rights is a rare and welcome sight. Last week, Senators John McCain of Arizona, Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Susan Collins of Maine voted with nearly all the Democrats on the Armed Services Committee to lift a cruel and insulting law that requires female service members who are victims of rape or incest to pay for abortion care they receive at military facilities." (Editorial, "The Rights Of Female Soldiers, "The New York Times, 6/1/12)
The New York Times Editorial Board Praised Brown For Joining With Democrats To "Protect Women's Reproductive Rights." (Editorial, "The Rights Of Female Soldiers," The New York Times, 6/1/12)


Scott Brown Urged The Republican Party To Eliminate Language In The Party's Platform Opposing A Woman's Right To Choose

“Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Tuesday scolded his party over a move to include support for a constitutional ban on abortion in the 2012 platform, saying it alienates pro-abortion rights Republicans like him." (Jennifer Bendery, "Scott Brown Chides Republicans Over Abortion Language In Platform," The Huffington Post, 8/21/12)

Scott Brown Voted To Protect Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood

“Senator Scott Brown said yesterday a Republican plan to cut all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the women’s health service provider, is too drastic and a compromise for partial funding should be reached. ‘I support family planning and health services for women,’ Brown, a Bay State Republican, said in a statement. ‘Given our severe budget problems, I don’t believe any area of the budget is completely immune from cuts. However, the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far.’”  (Mark Arsenault, "Brown Backs Planned Parenthood," The Boston Globe, 3/23/11)

The Abortion-Rights Group NARAL Praised Senator Brown For His Vote To Protect Funding For Planned Parenthood

"The abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America today praised US Senator Scott Brown for pledging to oppose a House Republican effort to eliminate federal grants and contracts that benefit the women's health services provider Planned Parenthood." (Stephanie Vallejo, "NARAL Praises Brown For Opposing Full Defunding Of Planned Parenthood," The Boston Globe, 3/22/11)

Scott Brown Supported A Bill Requiring Health Care Providers To Cover Contraceptives

“As a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2002, Brown supported legislation requiring contraception coverage by health care providers that also included a narrow exclusion for churches or "qualified church-controlled organizations." (Robert Rizzuto, "Sen. Scott Brown Joins GOP Push Against Obama's Revised Birth Control Policy," The [Springfield, MA] Republican, 2/14/12)

Scott Brown Co-Sponsored The Reauthorization Of The Violence Against Women Act

Scott Brown Co-Sponsored The Reauthorization Of The Violence Against Women Act. (S. 1925, Introduced 11/30/11)

Scott Brown Supports Giving Women In The Military The Opportunity To Serve In Combat Roles

Scott Brown Supports Giving Women In The Military The Opportunity To Serve In Combat Roles. (Editorial, "Brown's Winning Strategy," The Boston Globe, 4/1/12)