Executive Council family funding planning vote draws strong reaction from various elected officials

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A tweet from Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington, the only vote on the council to keep the contracts

CONCORD, N.H. – On Wednesday, the New Hampshire Executive Council voted 4-1 to end several contracts for family planning service organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Here were a few reactions from various elected officials across the Granite State following the vote.

“I never thought I’d live to see such egregious, dangerous attacks on women’s personal health decisions in the ‘Live Free or Die’ state like what we’ve experienced from New Hampshire Republicans over these few months. The incessant attacks on women’s reproductive health will not reduce the number of abortions – they will compromise access to essential health services and increase the number of dangerous abortions. And Republicans know that. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if we were talking about men’s bodies and health decisions, it wouldn’t even be up for discussion. The Executive Council is denying New Hampshire family planning providers necessary funding to serve women in our communities, all so they can score political points. Providers have made it clear that without these funds they will likely have to cut services, denying critical care to Granite Staters and disproportionately impacting low-income women. State House and Senate Republicans and the Governor must stop their anti-woman, anti-choice priorities. Their grandstanding is beyond the pale and will have real consequences for the health and safety of Granite Staters. I’ll continue to work at the federal level to counter these attacks on women’s health to protect personal health decisions that belong between a woman and her doctor – not Republican lawmakers on the Executive Council.”

-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

“The Executive Council’s vote to block funding for Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers is a dangerous attack on women’s health and well-being. This vote threatens access to high-quality reproductive health care, including cancer screenings, from thousands of Granite Staters. I will continue to support women’s health care access and fight for funding for Planned Parenthood and family planning providers in the wake of today’s harmful vote.”

-U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

“Today, the Republican-led Executive Council made clear that their priority is catering to far-right ideological extremists, not protecting the health and wellbeing of Granite State women and families.Their dangerous decision to end contracts for family planning services across the state — a misguided effort to strip women of their constitutional right to abortion — is deeply disappointing and will have devastating consequences for New Hampshire health care providers and their patients. When women lack access to the health care services they need, lives are needlessly lost. Safe access to reproductive and preventive care including birth control, STI treatment, and cancer screening for NH residents is essential. The Executive Council’s decision will cut off critical resources for our most vulnerable populations. I will continue working to ensure every Granite Stater has access to the reproductive care they need and combat the consequences of today’s decision.”

-U.S. Representative Ann Kuster (D-NH-02)

“It is simply outrageous that a majority on the New Hampshire Executive Council rejected these family planning contracts today. In doing so, these councilors have put their own extreme political views ahead of what’s best for New Hampshire women and families. As a former Executive Councilor who considered these contracts in the past, I know how crucial these funds are to provide services including birth control, annual exams, cancer screenings, and STI testing. I’ve been in touch with the Department of Health and Human Services at the federal level, and will do all I can to ensure family planning providers can continue to meet the needs of their patients.”

-U.S. Representative Chris Pappas (D-NH-01)

It is shameful that the Executive Council, including Manchester’s Executive Councilor Ted Gatsas, today voted to defund health centers that provide affordable and vital health services to Granite Staters. This vote will increase healthcare costs for Manchester residents and put an additional barrier to those seeking reproductive health care, cancer screenings, STI treatment and more.”

– Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig

“I brought these contracts forward because I support them, just as I have every year as Governor, because they protect women’s health and it is the right this to do. Today’s action to vote down funding like cancer screenings and other women’s health services is incredibly disappointing and not something I agree with.”

– New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu

“I am appalled by today’s vote by Republican members of the Executive Council. Their irresponsible, hyper-partisan actions dangerously jeopardize the health care of 12,000 women and families, all in the name of extremist talking points.” 

Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy (D-Manchester)

A terrible day for the women and underserved in NH. The Executive Council, on a 4-1 vote, killed the funding for Planned Parenthood. Women’s health is jeopardized and services for men and women are eliminated. Bad day for NH.

-State Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester)