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Saturday
May232015

NHDP - American Congress of OB-GYNs Opposes Kelly Ayotte’s Sham Birth Control Bill 

Salon Calls Bill “A Giant Fraud”

Concord, N.H. – Today, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) joined the growing chorus of doctors and women’s health advocates opposing Kelly Ayotte’s sham birth control bill.
 
Salon called the bill “a giant fraud.” Adding, Ayotte “wants to sell women a bill of goods. They're not buying, and neither are doctors.”
 
The Huffington Post reported that ACOG President Mark S. DeFrancesco, M.D., issued the following statement on behalf of the non-profit organization of women's health doctors:
 
“The Affordable Care Act removed many barriers to preventive care that keeps women healthy. By making contraceptives available to women without a co-pay, it has truly increased access to contraception, thereby decreasing unintended pregnancies, and allowing women to better plan their futures. Unfortunately, instead of improving access, this bill would actually make more women have to pay for their birth control, and for some women, the cost would be prohibitive."
 
“As women’s health care providers, we welcome robust and productive dialogue about the indisputable role that contraceptives play in the health, well-being, and productivity of American women. We would welcome any legislation that would do what this proposal purports to do – help women. As it stands, however, we cannot support a plan that creates one route to access at the expense of another, more helpful route.”
 
BACKGROUND
 
Planned Parenthood On Republican Birth Control Bill: “Insult To Women.” “Planned Parenthood noted that birth control pills can cost women up to $600 a year, which is now covered under the Affordable Care Act, and that the bill would take away insurance coverage for birth control that’s made available over-the-counter. The bill doesn’t expand the availability or protect the affordability of IUDs and other highly effective methods of birth control.” [Planned Parenthood, 5/21/15]
 
Ayotte Voted To Bar Use Of Funds For Planned Parenthood. In April 2011, Ayotte voted in favor of: “adoption of the concurrent resolution that would direct the House clerk to make a correction in the enrollment of a bill (HR 1473) to provide $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2011, and insert a section that would bar the use of funds made available in the bill to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. or its affiliates.” The concurrent resolution was rejected 42-58. [H.Con.Res. 36, Vote 60, 4/14/11]
 
Ayotte Voted For And Was An Original Cosponsor Of The Blunt Amendment. The Blunt Amendment would have allowed employers to deny women coverage for birth control and for other important preventive health services. The American Cancer Society opposed the amendment because it would allow employers deny coverage to life-saving preventive services like mammograms. [S.Amdt. 1520 to S.Amdt. 1730 to S. 1813, Vote 24, 3/1/12; New York Times, 3/2/12]
 
Following Hobby Lobby Decision, Ayotte Issued Statement Supportive Of The Decision To Deny Some Women Contraception Coverage. “U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s decision on religious liberty in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: ‘Americans shouldn’t be forced to comply with government mandates that violate core principles of their faith. This case is fundamentally a matter of religious freedom, and this ruling affirms Americans’ religious liberties as protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.’” [Office of Sen. Ayotte, Press Release, 6/30/14]
 
Ayotte Has Voted to Repeal the ACA; More Than 150k Women In New Hampshire Gained Access To Expanded Preventative Health Services Without Cost-Sharing Because Of The ACA. “Because of the Affordable Care Act, 76 million Americans with private health insurance gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing, including 382,000 in New Hampshire. And women can now get coverage without cost-sharing of even more preventive services they need.  Of the 76 million Americans with expanded access to free preventive services, 29.7 million are women, including 152,000 in New Hampshire receiving expanded preventive services without cost-sharing.” [Department of Health & Human Services, 8/1/13]

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Friday
May222015

NHDP - US Sen Kelly Ayotte’s Misleading OTC Birth Control Bill

Ayotte’s “Plan” Would Force Women to Pay Hundreds of Dollars More Out of Pocket for Birth Control That is Now Free Thanks to the ACA
 
Ayotte Has Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood, Supported Allowing Bosses To Deny Women Health Insurance That Covers Their Full Health Needs, And Voted to Repeal the Affordable Care Act
 

Concord, N.H. – Kelly Ayotte’s misleading over-the-counter birth control proposal may sound good, but it’s not. Right now, women can get birth control at no cost thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But Ayotte’s “plan” would force women to pay $600 per year more in out-of-pocket costs, costing women more than $480 million a year across the country.
 
“While over-the-counter birth control may sound good, the reality is that Kelly Ayotte’s ‘plan’ would force New Hampshire women to pay hundreds of dollars per year - out of pocket - for birth control that they can get for free rightnow,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Lizzy Price“If Kelly Ayotte really cared about access to affordable birth control, she wouldn’t have voted to defund Planned Parenthood, supported allowing bosses to deny women insurance that covers their full health needs, and voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”
 
“Not only has Ayotte consistently voted for backward policies that would set women and families back economically, but now she’s trying to mislead voters about her true record. New Hampshire women won’t be fooled by Ayotte’s attempts to deceive and mislead with this latest political smokescreen,” added Price.
 
BACKGROUND
 
Planned Parenthood: Why Recent Over-the-Counter Birth Control Proposals are Really Underhanded. “Since their positions are so unpopular with voters in their states, it’s obvious why they’re trying to confuse voters by masking their real agenda: to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), take away the no-copay birth control coverage that is already available to more than 48 million women nationwide, and force women to ONCE AGAIN pay out-of-pocket for all birth control.” [Planned Parenthood, 9/8/14]
 
Ayotte Voted To Bar Use Of Funds For Planned Parenthood. In April 2011, Ayotte voted in favor of: “adoption of the concurrent resolution that would direct the House clerk to make a correction in the enrollment ofa bill (HR 1473) to provide $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2011, and insert a section that would bar the use of funds made available in the bill to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. or its affiliates.” The concurrent resolution was rejected 42-58. [H.Con.Res. 36, Vote 60, 4/14/11]
 
Ayotte Voted For And Was An Original Cosponsor Of The Blunt Amendment. The Blunt Amendment would have allowed employers to deny women coverage for birth control and for other important preventive health services. The American Cancer Society opposed the amendment because it would allow employers deny coverage to life-saving preventive services like mammograms. [S.Amdt. 1520 to S.Amdt. 1730 to S. 1813, Vote 24, 3/1/12; New York Times, 3/2/12]
 
Following Hobby Lobby Decision, Ayotte Issued Statement Supportive Of The Decision To Deny Some Women Contraception Coverage. “U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court's decision on religious liberty in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: ‘Americans shouldn't be forced to comply with government mandates that violate core principles of their faith. This case is fundamentally a matter of religious freedom, and this ruling affirms Americans' religious liberties as protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.’” [Office of Sen. Ayotte, Press Release, 6/30/14]
 
Ayotte Has Voted to Repeal the ACA; More Than 150k Women In New Hampshire Gained Access To Expanded Preventative Health Services Without Cost-Sharing Because Of The ACA. “Because of the Affordable Care Act, 76 million Americans with private health insurance gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing, including 382,000 in New Hampshire. And women can now get coverage without cost-sharing of even more preventive services they need.  Of the 76 million Americans with expanded access to free preventive services, 29.7 million are women, including 152,000 in New Hampshire receiving expanded preventive services without cost-sharing.” [Department of Health & Human Services, 8/1/13]

 
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Monday
May112015

NHDP - NH Democrats continue to fight for mothers, GOP would leave them behind 

As we celebrate our Mothers today – whether they’re still with us or not – it’s important to note our commitment to support mothers of all kinds. Here in New Hampshire, Democrats continue to support working mothers and work to strengthen middle class families. We’d like to celebrate Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Annie Kuster for their leadership supporting working families, as well as being incredible mothers themselves. Happy Mother’s Day!
 
As we look ahead to 2016, Democrats are committed to fighting for mothers while the GOP makes it clear they are wrong on equal pay and a minimum wage increase – that will help mothers and their children get ahead.
 
Equal Pay for Women

  • Jeb Bush stated that he did not know what the Paycheck Fairness Act was when asked about it. 
  • Marco Rubio said the Paycheck Fairness Act was about “scoring political points,” “wasting time,” and a “show vote.”
  • Scott Walker repealed an equal pay law saying it was a “bogus issue.”
  • Rand Paul compared the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Soviet Politburo.
  • Chris Christie vetoed equal pay legislation calling it “senseless bureaucracy.”
  • Ted Cruz voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act and derided it as a “show vote.”

 
Raising the Minimum Wage

Friday
May082015

NHDP - NHGOP Renews Extreme Position on Women’s Health 

Forces Apology from Party Official for Supporting Planned Parenthood
 
Concord, N.H. – The New Hampshire Republican Party doubled down on its extreme position on women’s health this week, forcing RNC Committeeman Steve Duprey to issue an apology and admit he made a mistake for supporting Planned Parenthood.
 
NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn issued a statement saying, “we appreciate that Steve admitted that he made a mistake,” but even after forcing an apology, some NHGOP executive committee members are still “raising questions,” and suggested they could take further action at the NHGOP’s next executive meeting.
 
This latest anti-choice episode from the NHGOP follows the party’s decision to amend its official platform last September to include support for fetal “personhood” rights. Similar measures have been defeated in a number of states, including Mississippi, because they “could ban some forms of contraception and in vitro fertilization.”
 
“It’s astonishing but not surprising that the New Hampshire Republican Party believes that support for women’s health is a ‘mistake’ that requires an apology,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Lizzy Price. “Planned Parenthood provides critical health services for New Hampshire women and families including cancer screenings, breast exams and birth control, and Granite Staters will hold New Hampshire Republican Party leader Kelly Ayotte and GOP presidential hopefuls accountable for their party’s out-of-touch position on women’s health.”
 
Thursday
May072015

NH House Republicn Alliance - NH takes another step to protecting unborn children 

House Republican Majority Caucus (HRMC) comments passage of SB40
 
 
The House Republican Majority Caucus released a statement today on the passage of SB40. As amended, this is a bill that would allow justice to be served in the death of an unborn child.  The passage of SB40 as amended brings the bill in line with the house bill  passed earlier this year.  The language updates New Hampshire laws to that of 38 other states who have passed similar bills to protect unborn children.
"Bills such as this one have been on the books for years in other states across the nation beginning the early 1970's in California.  Our laws are long outdated in protecting unborn children and this bill brings us into the 21st century for protecting all of our citizens." stated Rep. Leon Rideout- Lancaster.  " The faulty claims from the left have zero foundation in truth.  Keeping our laws antiquated and violating the 14th amendment of equal protection for all people is unacceptable.
With all the new technology we have developed during the past 30 years to understand the life cycle of a preborn child, it's about time we started protecting them and providing justice for the families of New Hampshire's most innocent victims."