NH delegation holds press conference with NH family planning providers reimbursed due to Executive Board vote


September 20, 2021

Press event follows letter from NH delegation to Biden administrator calling for swift distribution of additional aid directly to vendors affected by Executive Council decision

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today hosted a conference of Virtual press with representatives from New Hampshire family planning providers who will be affected by the recent New Hampshire Executive Council vote to terminate the contracts of family planning providers across the state. Representatives from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Equality Health Center and Lovering Health Center attended the press conference.

Today’s press event follows the delegation’s letter to the Biden administration on Friday calling for the swift distribution of additional assistance directly to providers affected by the Executive Council’s decision.

“I never thought I would see New Hampshire – in the ‘Live Free or Die’ state – the action we have seen from the Executive Council and the Legislature to attack women’s reproductive health. ” said Senator Shaheen. “Let’s be very clear: this is not about abortion. There is no public funding that goes to abortion. So, for all those people who claim that this is an effort to reduce abortions, this is simply not true. It is about providing health care to women and families who really need it and most of them have no other options to get their health care. And sadly, what we are seeing now is that this decision means that for many of these women and families, they will have difficulty getting the care they need.

“Family planning centers, including Planned Parenthood, are a major source of high-quality, life-saving care, including cancer screening, birth control, HIV and STI testing, and counseling services. ” said Senator Hassan. “This is why the Executive Board’s decision to discriminate against these providers and block vital investments in healthcare is so dangerous and wrong. I will continue to support women’s access to reproductive health services and fight for funding for Planned Parenthood and family planning providers.

“The dangerous decision of the New Hampshire Executive Council to terminate multiple contracts for family planning services, effectively funding access to essential health care for our most vulnerable citizens, threatens the health and well-being of countless women. and families of Granite State ” said Rep. Annie Kuster. “Safe access to reproductive and preventive care, including birth control, STI treatment and cancer screening for our residents, is essential, and this misguided attempt to fund abortion services – which doesn’t have not already received public funding – violates the constitutional right of women to reproduce themselves. the decisions. I will continue to work with the New Hampshire congressional delegation and family planning providers to ensure that every Granite Stater has access to the reproductive care they need and to fight the consequences of this movement.

“Like the people of New Hampshire, I am truly outraged that a majority of the New Hampshire Executive Council has once again rejected family planning contracts. We have seen this happen before and each time it was not about what is best for women and families, but about politics ”, said Representative Chris Pappas. “As someone who has served on the Executive Board, I have considered these contracts in the past. I know how essential these funds are to provide basic services. The counselors who voted to fund our family planning providers refused to listen to the facts, and they put their own extreme political views ahead of what is best for women and families in our state. We must do everything we can to ensure that our providers can continue to provide the care that the people of our state depend on, and I pledge to fight federally to protect the right to choose and access health care. reproductive. . “

Watch the full press conference here.

The Executive Council’s vote is particularly egregious as it follows years of the Trump administration’s attacks on women’s reproductive health, including President Trump’s implementation of the “Title X gag rule,” which prevented the majority of New Hampshire family planning providers from receiving federal grants. In June, Senator Shaheen sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra urging him to support New Hampshire family planning providers who will lose state funding under the bill. New Hampshire budget. This support is needed to help these providers close the funding gap until the Biden administration can complete its action to overturn the Trump administration rule.

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