CONCORD, NH -- Matt Mowers has recently tried to mislead Granite Staters about his work to strip away access to health care for millions globally while serving as an advisor to President Trump for the U.S. State Department -- but New Hampshire voters deserve the truth. Mowers helped the Trump administration reinstate and expand the Global Gag Rule, a dangerous policy preventing abortion access that risks the health and lives of women and girls around the world.
Mowers, the Republican nominee challenging Rep. Chris Pappas, helped the Trump administration expand the global gag rule to target international organizations that work on any programs funded by U.S. global health assistance — including programs to expand access to contraception, prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, combat malaria, and improve maternal and child health. Under the Trump administration, the amount of money with strings attached preventing organizations from providing abortions increased 20 fold from roughly $600 million to about $12 billion in estimated planned funding in 2018. Mowers, who is “pro-life”, has opposed access to abortion during his entire career and has even gone to the extreme of saying he would “like to find common ground” when it comes to exceptions for rape or incest.
While Mowers was busy worsening public health outcomes worldwide, Pappas fought back against the Trump administration’s domestic gag rule, which risks access to essential reproductive health care for more than 16,000 in New Hampshire and 4 million nationwide. Pappas also co-introduced the Put Patients First Act to block the Trump administration’s attempts to allow providers to refuse lifesaving care on a religious or “conscience” basis.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduced the Global HER Act to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule, and Rep. Pappas has co-sponsored this critical legislation.
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