CONCORD - Today the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC announced it has made endorsements for New Hampshire State Senate candidates who have all pledged to protect and expand access to the full range of reproductive health care - including safe, legal abortion - in the Granite State or have a strong record of doing so. The endorsements come following a legislative biennium marked by the adoption of New Hampshire’s first abortion ban in modern history and the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which gives state politicians the power to control the future of abortion access.
For New Hampshire Senate, PPNHAF PAC has endorsed:
- Senate District 1 - Edith Tucker
- Senate District 2 - Kate Miller
- Senate District 4 - David Watters
- Senate District 5 - Suzanne Prentiss
- Senate District 6 - Ruth Larson
- Senate District 8 - Charlene Lovett
- Senate District 9 - Matt McLaughlin
- Senate District 10 - Donovan Fenton
- Senate District 11 - Shannon Chandley
- Senate District 12 - Melanie Levesque
- Senate District 13 - Cindy Rosenwald
- Senate District 15 - Becky Whitley
- Senate District 16 - June Trisciani
- Senate District 17 - Christine Tappan
- Senate District 18 - Donna Soucy
- Senate District 20 - Lou D’Allesandro
- Senate District 21 - Rebecca Perkins Kwoka
- Senate District 22 - Wayne Haubner
- Senate District 23 - Brenda Oldak
- Senate District 24 - Debra Altschiller
Statement from Dr. Lydia Garcia, PPNHAF PAC Advisory Board Member:
“Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC is proud to endorse this strong slate of candidates for the New Hampshire State Senate. With the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and give state politicians unprecedented power to control our bodies and our futures, who we elect to represent us in New Hampshire’s legislature has never been more important. Granite Staters overwhelmingly believe people should have access to safe, legal abortion care and it is critical that New Hampshire state senators be committed to protecting and expanding access to the full range of reproductive health care.”
Statement from Skip Small, PPNHAF PAC Advisory Board Chair:
“Without federal constitutional protections for abortion rights, the future of abortion rights in New Hampshire depends upon the state legislature. In the last two years, anti-abortion extremists in the state Senate pushed through New Hampshire’s first abortion ban in modern history and supported efforts to further restrict access to safe, legal abortion care.
Enough is enough. Granite Staters deserve better. The candidates endorsed by PPNHAF PAC can be trusted to work together to protect and expand reproductive freedom in New Hampshire - no matter what.”
New Hampshire’s Abortion Ban:
- Current New Hampshire law prohibits abortion at or after 24 weeks gestation. While legislation enacted in 2022 adds an exception for fatal fetal diagnoses to the ban, there are no exceptions for rape or incest and it has a very narrow exception for maternal physical health.
- Additionally, this abortion ban criminalizes health care providers with a class B felony which could come with up to seven years in prison and a fine up to $100,000, allows husbands to file civil actions, and allows the patient’s parents to file civil actions.
- There are no other medical procedures in New Hampshire law subject to felony charges and imprisonment for health care professionals.
2021-22 PPNHAF Senate Scorecard:
- Click here to find PPNHAF’s 2021-22 Senate Scorecard for information on incumbent senate candidates' votes on reproductive health issues.
- 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 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 UNH Survey Center polling also shows that only 31 percent of Granite Staters support the provision signed by Governor Sununu that mandates medically unnecessary, often invasive ultrasounds before abortion care at all stages of pregnancy.
- 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. 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