CONCORD – Granite Staters continue to make it loud and clear that they oppose this cruel budget. The state budget creates a significant and costly barrier to care early in pregnancy, bans abortion later in pregnancy with virtually no exceptions, underfunds the New Hampshire Family Planning Program, and criminalizes doctors.
To date, thousands of Granite Staters have contacted the Governor in opposition to the anti-reproductive health care budget, hundreds have spoken out on social media, nearly 200 medical experts signed a letter to Sununu, advocates have submitted op-eds and letters to the editor, and virtually every news organization in the state has highlighted the harm this anti-abortion budget would cause.
Statement from Kayla Montgomery, VP of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund:
“It’s clear that all over New Hampshire people are appalled by this cruel budget. If the Governor signs this budget, he will be banning abortion and criminalizing doctors at the disregard of hundreds of New Hampshire medical experts’ opposition. Pro-choice governors don’t sign abortion bans.”
Granite Staters are speaking out against a dangerous budget.
PPNHAF launches a week of digital ads:
PPNHAF launched digital ads urging Granite Staters to share their opposition to this dangerous budget with Governor Sununu. Since the budget process began, thousands of people have reached out to Governor Sununu and their representatives, signed up to volunteer in New Hampshire, and helped mobilize supporters to fight back against this effort to restrict access to health care. Both video and banner ads will run all week.
Video (watch here)
Budget Rally planned for Thursday:
Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund will join a grassroots coalition for a People’s Budget on Thursday morning (6/24/21) at the State House. Advocates for reproductive health and rights will demand the Governor veto this budget, which rolls back the clock on reproductive rights in New Hampshire. Hundreds of New Hampshire residents have RSVP'd to attend and are eager to voice their support for reproductive health, equity, and justice in an era of uncertainty for Granite Staters.
Reproductive health visibilities in Concord, Exeter; across the state people speak out:
Grassroots reproductive rights supporters in Concord and Exeter turned out last week to oppose the budget, and people across the state are speaking out.
Abortion bans are deeply unpopular:
American Values Atlas shows New Hampshire is actually more in favor of access to safe, legal abortion than the national average.
Polling consistently shows how unpopular abortion bans are. Voters across the political spectrum describe abortion bans as “taking away women’s rights and freedoms,” “government over-reach,” and “oppressive.”
In November 2020, Colorado voted on a ballot measure, Proposition 115, which would have banned abortion at 22 weeks. Colorado, like New Hampshire currently, does not have a gestational limit on abortion.
Nearly 60 percent of Colorado voters rejected the measure.
Notably, the ballot measure included only one exception: if “an abortion is immediately required to save the life of a pregnant woman,” including physical disorders, illnesses and injuries. There were no exceptions for rape or incest, and no exception for fatal fetal anomalies - similar to the proposed New Hampshire ban in HB 2.
Background on the State Budget:
HB1 drastically underfunds the NH Family Planning Program by not taking into account the loss of federal funds due to the Title X gag rule. The Biden administration is working to reverse this policy, but federal funding will not be restored until spring of 2022 at earliest.
HB2 contains the cruel abortion ban with virtually no exceptions. Despite Governor Sununu’s claim that this ban is similar to Massachusetts’, New Hampshire’s potential abortion ban is far more extreme. Massachusetts includes an exception for fatal fetal anomalies, has a broader exception for maternal health, and does not mandate ultrasounds prior to all abortions.
Reproductive health champions in the Senate offered a series of amendments that would help mitigate the harm of this extreme bill, including amendments to add exceptions for cases of rape, incest, and fatal fetal diagnoses, and additional maternal health exceptions. Each amendment, including one to strip the bill of criminal penalties, was rejected on party lines.
14 senators rejected an amendment that would protect abortion rights up to 24 weeks, enshrining the tenets of Roe v. Wade into state law. Instead, some senators vocally made clear that they do not support abortion access at all.
Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in New Hampshire. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.