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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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Contact: Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 N River Rd, Manchester, NH 03106




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)



MANCHESTER Today, Scott Brown called on Jeanne Shaheen to stop her despicable "smear campaign" and take down her false and negative attack ad against Brown's record on women's health care.

Scott Brown
Media Availability In Derry
October 7, 2014

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SCOTT BROWN: Before we start our foreign policy event, I would like to take a minute to talk to you about Jeanne Shaheen’s smear against me and my campaign and the insensitive attack ad that she started running today. It’s not only insensitive, but it’s inaccurate. I’m going to read a statement and then I’m happy to take as many questions as you have.
What Jeanne Shaheen is doing is despicable.
Her lies and scare tactics are, quite frankly, disappointing.
I have always been a pro-choice, independent Republican and have a strong record of supporting women’s health care.
I always have been, and that is how I have always voted.
Some of you know I have been protecting women since my mom was being beaten, at 5 years old, when I came to her rescue. One of the reasons I chose to go to college close to home, is so I could be there to respond to my mom and sister’s calls on a constant basis to help with an abusive stepfather.
Since Senator Shaheen does not want to talk about her record of voting with the President over 99 percent of the time, she wants to talk about my record, so I think that’s a good idea, so here are the facts:
As Senator, I was the lead Republican sponsor and advocate, as a result of not only my upbringing and personal experiences, but recognizing the need for women to have protections, so I voted and supported the Violence Against Women Act.
I stood up to my party to oppose language that would take away a woman’s right to choose. I voted to protect funding for Planned Parenthood so women could have health care services that they needed and deserved. I voted for health care providers to cover the cost of contraception.
As a Colonel in the Army, working in the Pentagon, me and my team rewrote the sexual assault prevention regulations to make sure women who are raped or assaulted had a recourse. Those are in full force and effect, and working. 

The very sad thing about it is Senator Shaheen knows all this. She remembers that I was one a just a handful of Republicans to support her amendment to protect female service members who are raped and allow them to get the care and services they needed.
For her to lie and say that I’m opposed to women’s health care is not only insensitive, but it is also deeply offensive. Let’s be clear, this bill that she’s referring to, that by the way was filed over nine years ago and was never even voted on, and shown in her ad, did not force women to do anything. I would never force women to do anything. I would never support a bill that would do such a thing.
The goal of this bill was to give adoption a chance, simply as an alternative, and I thought that Senator Shaheen and I agreed on that very important topic to promote more adoptions, but apparently that is not the case.
In this ad, Senator Shaheen lies about the bill, she lies about my position on adoption, and she should absolutely take it off the air immediately.
Let me be crystal clear: the choice to have an abortion comes down to a decision that is best made between a woman and her doctor. As you know, I live in a house full of women, and have been advocating and fighting for women’s safety my entire life.
For Sen. Shaheen and her allies to suggest otherwise in the way that she has is just shameful. It reminds me of what Martha Coakley tried to do when she said I would not allow women who are raped to be able to have the care and services they needed. Just as shameful.
Sadly, the National Democratic Party is resorting to these scare tactics not only here, but across the country because that’s all they have left. Now you all know, we’re helping obviously fund the stations, but there’s been a lot of negative ads, but this one absolutely crosses the line, and it’s from her. She’s standing behind this ad, just as I stand behind my ads.
And I’m focusing on the issues that people are talking about and you’re writing and reporting about. Because we are, right now, talking about a sensitive and tender topic. Shame on Senator Shaheen, for playing politics with women. I will continue to talk about the issues that affect all voters, both men and women that have to do with our national security, our economic security.
I will continue to talk about jobs and a way to strengthen the economy, and strengthen our country at home. I will continue to draw those distinctions between us on the issues that affect everybody in New Hampshire and throughout this country. And I trust, absolutely trust, that the people of New Hampshire that they will see through these lies, these offensive and insensitive attacks, not only on me, but every women in this state.
So, I’m happy to take your questions, so fire away.