For Immediate Release
September 15, 2021
EMILYs List Responds to New Hampshire Executive Council’s Decision to Defund Reproductive Health Care Providers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement in response to the New Hampshire Executive Council’s dangerous decision to defund family planning and reproductive health care providers:
“Today, New Hampshire became the latest state to put reproductive freedom under attack. By defunding Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health care providers, Republicans in New Hampshire did more than put abortion rights at risk, they stripped people of their right to make decisions about their own medical care without government intervention. Restricting reproductive health care, a top priority for Chris Sununu, will put thousands of people at risk as they lose access to critical health care, including cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing, and more.”
“At EMILYs List, our organization and our candidates support the right to make your own health care decisions and recognize that this means having access to well-funded health care providers. EMILYs List is committed to continue working with Democratic pro-choice women across the country, including our very own Councilor Cinde Warmington who was the lone vote against this decision, until every government official who uses their office to take away an individual’s right to choose is voted out. The majority of Americans support the right to choose. We deserve elected officials who will protect our rights, not take them away, or sit in silence as others do the same.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 158 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.