It’s been a year now since Chris Sununu professed his pro-choice (sic) bona fides by stating in a gubernatorial campaign ad that he “took on [his] own party” on women’s health, meaning he voted to hand New Hampshire state contracts to abortion providers. A strange ad, that one. (I dissected it in “Observing a Republican ‘Take On’ His Party.“)
A few days later, after private conversations with the candidate, veteran pro-life activist and former GOP gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne released a letter from Sununu listing pro-life measures Sununu would support. Sununu went on to win the election. with a plurality instead of a majority.
One Down, Four to Go
Now that Governor Sununu has been in office for the better part of a year, how much progress has been made on those pro-life measures in 2017?
Fetal Homicide: Sununu signed “Sarah and Griffin’s Law” in June.
Women’s Health Protection Act (abortion facility regulations): no such bill was introduced this year.
Healthcare Freedom of Conscience: no bill this year, but one is in the works for 2018. Ten co-sponsors have signed on so far.
Late Term Abortion Ban: The New Hampshire House tabled Rep. Keith Murphy’s bill to limit post-viability abortions. Expect another bill along these lines in 2018.
Buffer Zone Repeal: The House rejected a repeal bill for the third time.
What About Statistics?
Governor Sununu’s pre-election letter did not mention abortion statistics, but there’s a stats bill in the works that may yet come to his desk. The House will vote in January on a committee recommendation of Ought to Pass with Amendment on HB 471.
I wonder if a little quiet support from the corner office could make a difference as the bill moves through House and then Senate.
2 thoughts on “Governor Sununu, a Year After Controversial Ad”
Hi Ellen, this new format when you have multiple articles is not easy to navigate. You select the first article but there is nothing to tell you that you have to scroll all the way to the bottom to read it, then you have to scroll all the way to the top, to select the next item, then scroll all the way to the bottom to read it, etc., etc.
Thank you for letting me know. I’ll see how much I can adjust the theme.