CONCORD - With just over a week before the November 8 election, Granite Staters are engaged in record numbers to help protect reproductive rights and freedoms.
Since September 14, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund has contacted more than 232,000 New Hampshire voters through paid and volunteer programs, including canvasses, phone banks, postcard programs, and digital organizing as part of the effort to mobilize voters and ensure Granite Staters elect reproductive rights champions in New Hampshire.
Some voters are learning for the first time that Governor Sununu signed an abortion ban, and that his Executive Council has voted four times to reject contracts for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Lovering Health Center, and Equality Health Center, dismantling the NH Family Planning Program and jeopardizing essential health care for thousands of low-income and uninsured Granite Staters. Some voters even learned for the first time that Roe v. Wade was overturned this summer.
To date, PPNHAF and PPNHV have:
- Knocked 13,000+ doors and talked to nearly 4,000 voters directly as part of a paid canvass campaign
- Engaged 250+ volunteers to contact an additional 1,500 voters through volunteer led phonebanks and canvasses, with a plan to reach an additional 2,000 voters with direct conversations by Election Day
- Launched a “Pledge to Vote” project, reaching over 1,100 voters
- Contacted 176,561 voters through direct mail for Executive Branch candidates
- Launched digital ad campaigns that have reached 40,352 voters lifting up Dana Hilliard, Kevin Cavanaugh, and Shoshanna Kelly that highlight what’s at stake in the November 8 election for Executive Council.
Now is the time for New Hampshire voters to take control and elect leaders to office that put the health of Granite Staters above politics.
Statement from Kayla Montgomery, State Director for Planned Parenthood NH Votes and PPNHAF:
“Our state is at a clear crossroads. With federal protections for abortion now gone, the people we choose to represent us in Concord will - for the first time in nearly 50 years - decide the fate of reproductive health and rights in New Hampshire.
For months now we have heard from voters and they are deeply concerned about the future of reproductive rights and freedoms in New Hampshire. We know voters are outraged by recent attacks on health care, including Governor Sununu’s abortion ban. Granite Staters are fired up to elect leaders who will ensure that abortion, birth control, and comprehensive health care - including sexual education - are protected and accessible.
On November 8, Granite Staters will make their voices heard.”
Anecdotes from voters:
- “Voter will pass on info to her friends and daughter, grateful for us because she would have no idea about Executive Council otherwise. Her daughter, who is 30 years old, lives in Tennessee and uses Planned Parenthood health centers for screenings and birth control.”
- “Voter is a younger man with a five year old, he didn’t know about the Executive Council. Supports abortion access and candidates Planned Parenthood supports.”
- “Voter came in while I was leaving, said would have to live under a rock to not know about Roe v Wade, but happy for information on who and what Executive Council is.”
- “Voter grew up with her Executive Councilor. Currently is against the abortion ban and will be voting for the Planned Parenthood endorsed candidate instead and other representatives supporting abortion access.”
- “Voter works in maternity care on labor and delivery. She is a very strong supporter of Planned Parenthood health centers because of the work she does and sees that it is important in her work. Said the entire household is supportive and they'll vote for our candidate.”
- “Voter doesn't normally vote in the midterms but expressed interest in doing so during the conversation.”
- “Voter didn’t know that Roe V. Wade was overturned. She doesn’t usually vote but will now.”
PPNHAF PAC has endorsed:
- Dr. Tom Sherman for Governor
- For Executive Council:
- Dana Hilliard in District 1
- Cinde Warmington in District 2
- Katherine Harake in District 3
- Kevin Cavanaugh in District 4
- Shoshanna Kelly in District 5
The Executive Council’s Attacks on Reproductive Health Care:
- Family Planning Contracts:
- Councilors Kenney, Stevens, Gatsas, and Wheeler voted against family planning contracts every single opportunity they have had, including 4 times in less than a year (July 2022, January 2022, December 2021, and September 2021).
- Joe Kenney, Ted Gatsas, and Dave Wheeler have voted against these contracts prior to 2021, as well.
- Family Planning contracts consistently passed with bipartisan support from 1972-2011.
- Sex Education Contracts:
- Currently, Councilors Kenney, Gatsas, and Wheeler are threatening funding for opt-in after school comprehensive sex education programming that is targeted toward teens in Manchester and Claremont. This funding has received bipartisan, unanimous Executive Council approval since 2015. The effectiveness of the programming is shown by New Hampshire having one of the lowest teen pregnancy rates in the country.
Sununu’s Attacks on Reproductive Health and Rights:
- In 2015, then Executive Councilor Chris Sununu cast the deciding vote to defund Planned Parenthood health centers in New Hampshire, jeopardizing access to family planning care for thousands of Granite Staters.
- In 2016, when Sununu ran for governor in a contentious primary, he laid out steps he would take to restrict abortion access in NH once elected.
- As Governor, Sununu signed a budget that underfunded the Family Planning Program and silently watched his Republican colleagues gut that program by rejecting contracts with three reproductive health providers, including PPNNE.
- In 2018, Sununu put his full support behind Justice Kavanaugh. Because of his appointment to SCOTUS - which led to the overturning of Roe v. Wade - the states that are banning or deeply restricting abortion access continues to rise, and to date 1 in 3 people in America have lost access to safe, legal abortion in their home state.
- In 2020, Sununu vetoed the Reproductive Health Parity Act, which would have removed financial barriers for people seeking access to abortion.
- On June 25, 2021, Sununu signed New Hampshire’s first abortion ban in modern history into law. Sununu’s abortion ban criminalized doctors, required forced ultrasounds for all people seeking abortion care, and failed to make exemptions for rape, incest, or fatal fetal diagnoses.
- August 2022 polling by the Saint Anselm College Survey Center shows that support for abortion rights in New Hampshire is at a historic high and nearly 6 in 10 voters disapproved of the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022.
- Polling released in July, 2021 from the UNH Survey Center shows that New Hampshire’s newly-enacted abortion ban is deeply unpopular, with only one-third of Granite Staters in support of it. Nearly half of independent Granite Staters oppose this ban, as do 27 percent of Republicans.
- The truth is, most Granite Staters and most Americans support access to safe, legal abortion. If someone has decided to have an abortion, more than 8 in 10 respondents want the experience to be supportive and nonjudgmental, without added burdens or protesters, affordable and safe.
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. The Action Fund makes independent expenditures on behalf of or in opposition to targeted candidates for public office. Follow us on Twitter.
Planned Parenthood NH Vote 2022 is a political advocacy organisation formed for the 2022 cycle to provide voter education and elect pro sexual and reproductive rights officials.
PPNHAF maintains a separate, segregated political committee and fund to make direct campaign contributions to endorsed candidates (the PAC). Follow PPNHAF PAC on Twitter.
Understanding and explaining the different Planned Parenthood entities in New Hampshire:
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) is the largest provider of reproductive and sexual health care across the State of New Hampshire. We serve New Hampshire residents through 5 health centers in Derry, Exeter, Keene, Manchester and White River Junction, VT. Last fiscal year we saw more than 11,000 patients at these sites. PPNNE was named a 2021 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey, the national leader in health care consumer and workforce engagement. Press Ganey recognizes PPNNE as a top-performing health care organization, achieving the 95th percentile or above for performance in patient experience, out of more than 20,000 medical practices.
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. The Action Fund makes independent expenditures on behalf of or in opposition to targeted candidates for public office. PPNHAF maintains a separate, segregated political committee and fund to make direct campaign contributions to endorsed candidates (the PAC).
Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC is the political committee that makes candidate endorsements and gives financial contributions directly to candidates