Letter: Gov. Sununu, where’s your spine?

Published: 8/1/2022 7:03:11 AM
Modified: 8/1/2022 7:00:02 AM

I have watched with outrage, sadness and disappointment as our state elected officials have limited our freedoms, those that allow us to take responsibility and maintain control over our own bodies. Our legislators rammed through a bill limiting women’s access to abortion at 24 weeks with no exceptions for rape, incest or viability of the fetus. Gov. Sununu signed the bill, behind closed doors on a Friday afternoon under the guise of not wanting to scuttle the budget to which it had been attached. Reminder: when the Democrats held the majority in the Legislature, the governor was delighted to wield his veto pen on at least 79 occasions and bragged about it. Now he is reluctant to use it?

In March, after hearing wrenching testimony from women who had to make the decision to end a pregnancy for imminent fetal demise, the legislators voted to exempt abortions in these dire circumstances. The governor said he would sign the bill but “wished for more.” Really? Rape and incest are violent crimes punishable by prison in this country. Just like the 10-year-old victim of rape in Indiana, women in New Hampshire are not protected from the consequences of these violent crimes. So, tell me, governor, why are you only “wishing” for more in the current bill? This is not the case of the perfect being the enemy of the good. It’s a case of political calculus overruling conscience. Take a real stand. Protect women from the violence our current law allows.

Eleanor Cochrane



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