Reproductive Rights

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In the 2021-2022 NH legislative session, Carroll County Republicans followed the conservative religious right’s attack on Women’s Reproductive Rights.

If you believe that women should have access to the full range of birth control and reproductive choices, including abortion, here in New Hampshire, regardless of what happens at the federal level, then Vote Blue in 2022.

GOP’s Dangerous, Anti Women’s Reproductive Rights Legislation

This past year, the New Hampshire GOP majority passed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country.  The bill included an invasive a vaginal ultrasound requirement for those seeking an abortion, the threat of criminal charges for physicians who violate the new law, including cases where a fetus would not survive outside the womb. A doctor who proceeded with an abortion in this scenario could be imprisoned for up to seven years and fined as much as $100,000.  A woman would be forced to carry the pregnancy to term and go through labor and delivery only to deliver a stillborn baby or watch their baby die.

Thankfully, this term, Democrats backed by voters across the state were able to exclude some of the more egregious parts of the bill, including fatal fetal anomalies, and the invasive ultrasound mandate from NH’s 24-month abortion ban. However, rape and incest exceptions were voted down by the Republican majority and remain a component of the bill. Want to restore and protect women’s reproductive rights, then Vote Blue in 2022. Democrats on your town’s ballot can be found here.

Carroll County Democrats Fight for NH Women’s Rights, GOP Does Not

On May 4, 2022 on the State House Floor, Carroll County Democratic Representatives all voted in favor of bringing forth a vote to ensure the right to an abortion for up to 24 weeks, anticipating the US Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade. 

Democrats Tom Buco, Anita Burroughs, Jerry Knirk, Chris McAleer, Steve Woodcock and Dr. William Marsh all voted in favor. (Dr. Marsh is now running state senate against GOP Sen. Jeb Bradley.)

All the Carroll County Republican representatives were against bringing forth that vote to ensure the right to an abortion up to 24 weeks. 

The Republicans are Lino Avellani, Glenn Cordelli, Brodie Deshaies, John McDonald, Mark McConkey, Bill Nelson, Jonathan Smith and Karen Umberger (Karel Crawford-excused not voting). 

If you believe women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies and if you believe having access to reproductive care, including abortion, provides opportunities for women to further their education, strengthen their economic security, and improve their ability to parent existing or future children, then Vote Blue in 2022.

Republicans Defund Planned Parenthood in NH

Republicans currently hold a 4-1 majority on the Executive Council, which approves state contracts and executive appointments. The council made news recently when it denied funding for family planning contracts for organizations that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood. The rejection came despite Democrats and Republican Gov. Chris Sununu urging approval of the funds, which are used for health care, such as cancer screenings, and not for abortions. 

Yet, Councilor Joe Kenney voted to strip contracts to three Planned Parenthood facilities; one in the North Country’s Claremont has since closed.  

Kenney repeatedly denied family planning contracts last year to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Equality Health Center, and Lovering Health Center over unfounded concerns they were using public money for abortions. 

The 4-1 party-line vote came after state officials assured councilors that new audits instituted last year by the Legislature confirmed the three centers were using only private money for abortions. No tax dollars funded abortion.

Democratic Executive Council Candidate Somersworth’s Mayor Dana Hilliard  will fight for women’s rights and Planned Parenthood. Vote for him in November.

If you believe, Planned Parenthood provides vital services for women in need, then 


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