Women's health isn't a partisan issue

Last modified: 8/26/2012 12:00:00 AM

Women's services are not a partisan issue.

Title X, which provides for public support of family planning services, was signed into law by Republican President Richard Nixon, with the intended purpose of promoting healthy, stable families by allowing individuals to decide when to have children. These commonsense prevention services have several additional societal benefits. In May 2010, the Guttmacher Institute released a report indicating for every $1 spent on family planning, taxpayers save $3.74. Additionally, by reducing unwanted pregnancies, family planning services help reduce abortions. These benefits reflect traditional conservativism, made possible in a bill signed by a Republican president.

In 1998, 120 Republicans and 121 Democrats passed SB 175, ensuring equal access to contraception in health plans offered by all employers throughout New Hampshire. This bipartisan bill encountered no arguments from religious organizations.

Despite the benefits to conservative ideals, and wide bipartisan support over many decades, New Hampshire House Republicans, in concert with their federal counterparts, have recently sought to restrict funding for family planning services (HB 228), to allow religious institutions to deny contraceptive coverage (HB 1546), and to require doctors to provide false and misleading information to women (HB 1659).

It's time the New Hampshire values of decency, civility and common sense return to Concord. The actions of the House Republican majority do not reflect the values of most New Hampshire citizens. Like many of you, I support equal access to women's services, and that's why I'm running for state representative for Deering, Goffstown and Weare.



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