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Chris Sununu Dismisses Planned Parenthood Advocates Protesting His Council’s Funding Cuts

“I try not to get wrapped up into all that drama. That’s just a lot of drama.” That’s Gov. Chris Sununu message for the reproductive health care advocates who yesterday protested the Sununu-backed Executive Council’s decision to defund reproductive health care clinics, including Planned Parenthood locations.

Asked about the protesters, Sununu told New Hampshire Today, “It doesn’t bother me [laughs]. Look, I do my job […] I try not to get wrapped up into all that drama. That’s just a lot of drama. And I got a job to do that requires me to kind of pull myself away from that stuff.”

In response, American Bridge 21st Century co-chair Cecile Richards issued the following statement: 

“Earlier this year, Chris Sununu signed into a law a restrictive abortion ban that mandates unnecessary ultrasounds and punishes doctors. Then, his Executive Council defunded Planned Parenthood. Now, he’s dismissing Granite Staters standing up for their health care access and reproductive freedom as ‘a lot of drama.’ 

“Governor Sununu seems to think that there’s an appetite for an anti-abortion senator from New Hampshire. If he decides to run, he’ll soon find out that he’s sorely mistaken.”

It’s not the first time this has happened: Sununu likewise ignored health care advocates and providers’ concerns when he signed into law his abortion ban bill that punishes doctors and mandates ultrasounds earlier this summer.

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An image from yesterday’s action outside the Executive Council meeting:


(Photo credit: InDepthNH.org’s Paula Tracey)

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