Congress delegation tears up advice on defining family planning | state
MANCHESTER – US sensors Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and US Reps Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas, all Democrats from New Hampshire, hosted a virtual press conference Monday with representatives from NH family planning providers following the recent vote by the NH Executive Board Termination of contracts for family planning providers across the country will be affected. The press event was attended by representatives from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Equality Health Center of Concord and Lovering Health Center.
The press event on Monday followed the delegation’s letter to the Biden government on Friday calling for the rapid distribution of additional aid directly to the providers affected by the Executive Board’s decision.
“I never thought that in New Hampshire – live free or die – I would see the action we saw by the executive council and the legislature to attack women’s reproductive health,” said Shaheen.
“Let’s be very clear: this is not about abortion. There is no public money for abortion. For all of the people who claim this is an attempt to reduce abortions, it is just wrong, “said the senator.
“This is about providing health care to women and families who really need them, and most of them have no other options to get their health care. And unfortunately we now see that for many of them, this choice means that “Women and families will struggle to get the care they need,” Shaheen said.
Senator Hassan noted, “Family planning centers, including Planned Parenthood, are an important source of vital, quality care, including cancer screening, birth control, HIV and STI testing, and counseling services to discriminate against these providers and block vital investments in health care, is so dangerous and wrong.
“I will continue to support women’s access to reproductive health services and fight for funding for Planned Parenthood and family planning providers,” added Hassan.
Rep. Kuster said, “The dangerous decision by the NH Executive Board to terminate several family planning service contracts, effectively removing access to critical health care for our most vulnerable citizens, threatens the health and well-being of countless women and families in the Granite State .
“Safe access to reproductive and preventive care, including birth control, STI treatment and cancer screening, is vital for our residents, and this misguided attempt to withdraw abortion services – which have already received no public funding – is undermining women’s constitutional rights to make decisions on their own reproductive organs, “said Kuster.
“I will continue to work with NH’s congressional delegation and family planning providers to ensure that every Granite Stater has access to the reproductive care they need and to combat the aftermath of that move,” she added.
Rep. Chris Pappas said: “Like people all over New Hampshire, I am really outraged that a majority on the New Hampshire Executive Board has again turned down family planning treaties. We’ve seen it before and each time it wasn’t about what’s best for women and families, but about politics.
“As someone on the Executive Board, I’ve looked at these contracts in the past. I know how important these resources are in providing basic services, “added Pappas.
“The councilors who voted to evade our family planning providers have refused to listen to the facts and they have put their own extreme political views on what is best for women and families in our state to ensure that our providers can continue to provide the care that people across our state depend on, and I am committed to fighting at the federal level to protect the right to choice and access to reproductive health care. “
On September 15, Joe Kenney (R-Wakefield), Ted Gatsas (R-Manchester), David Wheeler (R-Milford) and Janet Stevens (R-Rye) voted on family planning providers’ debt relief. In contrast to the defusion was Cinde Warmington (D-Concord).