CONCORD - Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) is correcting the record following U.S. Congress candidate Eddie Edwards’ false and misleading statement that bills regulating abortion care are “not something congressmen face.”
During an NHPR debate Wednesday, 1st Congressional District candidate Chris Pappas asked his opponent Edwards to explain why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest. Edwards responded by saying, “You nor I have any vote on this issue in Washington. This is not something congressmen face.”
Edwards’ assertion that Congress’ votes don’t impact abortion access is false and misleading. Since 2012, there have been four bills before Congress that were designed to restrict access to abortion services: HR-3803 in 2012; HR-1797 in 2013; HR-36 in 2015; and HR-36 in 2017.
Edwards’ extreme position on abortion does not reflect the views of New Hampshire voters, the majority of whom support abortion access. For decades, New Hampshire has benefited from strong bipartisan support for reproductive health care access and privacy.
Edwards’ remarks come just days after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh - who has demonstrated hostility to abortion rights in his decisions - to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Statement from Derek Edry, Communications Manager, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund:
“Time and time again we have seen out of touch legislators at all levels of the ballot try to interfere with private health care decisions. But with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, constitutional rights, including access to safe, legal abortion, are on the line like never before for millions of women across the country, including the one in four women who will access abortion in her lifetime. It’s clear that Eddie Edwards doesn’t understand what’s at risk in our country.”
Chris Pappas has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund because he has shown during his service, as both an executive councilor and state representative, that protecting access to the essential health care services provided by Planned Parenthood is critical to the health and safety of communities. As a member of Congress, Chris Pappas will always support the right to safe, legal abortion care - no matter what.
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. PPNHAF maintains a separate, segregated political committee and fund to make direct campaign contributions to endorsed candidates (the PAC).