To The Daily Sun,
State Sen. Harold French is too extreme for our state. I’ve been watching this state senator since he was elected, and it’s clear that he does not stand with women. During a recent Senate budget session there was an amendment introduced that only the most extreme members of the GOP supported. The amendment would have completely defunded Planned Parenthood of all services they provide, including cancer screenings and STI treatment. The amendment was an underhanded, eleventh-hour surprise attempt to close Planned Parenthood’s doors by blocking state and federal money from going to any New Hampshire health center who offer abortion services, even though abortion procedures are never paid for by taxpayer dollars. Senator French voted for that amendment.
Sixty-three percent of New Hampshire residents approve of the quality, affordable health care that Planned Parenthood provides. New Hampshire has some of the nation’s lowest rates for teen pregnancy and STI incidence, and has been recognized for the best maternal health outcomes in the country. With extreme politicians attacking health care at a state and federal level, we risk this progress coming undone.
Sen. French doesn’t support the 11,000 patients (women AND men) who depend on Planned Parenthood for services — birth control, STI screenings and treatment, well-woman care, and cancer screenings.
His extreme votes against women’s health have made it very clear where he stands, and it’s not with the women of New Hampshire. It’s time to stand up for women, Sen. French. Don’t forget, we’re all watching how you vote.
- Written by Mike Mortensen
- Category: Letters
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