State democrats call to “Veto Sununu” in favor of reproductive rights

  • State Representative Jennifer Bernet of Wilton and State Representative candidate Beth Crooker of Temple held a press conference in Peterborough on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the future of women's reproductive rights in New Hampshire following the death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • State Representative Jennifer Bernet of Wilton and State Representative candidate Beth Crooker of Temple held a press conference in Peterborough Wednesday afternoon to discuss the future of women's reproductive rights in New Hampshire following the death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • State Representative Jennifer Bernet of Wilton and State Representative candidate Beth Crooker of Temple held a press conference in Peterborough Wednesday afternoon to discuss the future of women's reproductive rights in New Hampshire following the death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • State Representative Jennifer Bernet of Wilton and State Representative candidate Beth Crooker of Temple held a press conference in Peterborough Wednesday afternoon to discuss the future of women's reproductive rights in New Hampshire following the death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • State Representative Jennifer Bernet speaks at a press conference in Peterborough Wednesday afternoon to discuss the future of women’s reproductive rights in New Hampshire following the death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • State Representative candidate Beth Crooker of Temple speaks at a press conference in Peterborough Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/23/2020 3:39:40 PM

Without Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, state representative candidate and Temple resident Beth Crooker said she may not have been able to play sports as a kid, get a credit card at 18 or rent her first apartment.

“I can’t even imagine what my life would be like if we didn’t have RBG,” she said during a press conference put on by the New Hampshire Democratic Party at Putnam Park in Peterborough on Wednesday. A small group of attendees listened to the press conference, holding signs with slogans like “We Must Now Be Ruthless” and “Veto Sununu.”

Crooker and State Representative Jennifer Bernet of Wilton said that Ginsburg’s legacy of defending reproductive rights is in jeopardy, both at the federal level following her death on Saturday, as well as in New Hampshire. In April, Governor Chris Sununu vetoed HB 685, the Reproductive Health Parity Act, which would have required health insurance plans that cover maternity care to also cover reproductive health care, including abortion. The state House of Representatives sustained that veto, Bernet said.

Speakers highlighted Sununu’s ideological similarities with the Trump administration. “Sununu says he is pro-choice, but he is a liar,” Executive Director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party Amy Kennedy said, citing Sununu’s support of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh, his nomination of conservative judges for the state courts, casting the deciding vote to defund Planned Parenthood as an Executive Councilor, and spending COVID-19 relief funds for a crisis pregnancy center.

Sununu is the highest-veto-issuing governor in modern times, vetoing over 50 bills in 2019 and again in 2020.

“All taxpayers should be outraged,” Crooker said, speaking about the almost $65,000 in COVID-19 relief funds the governor awarded to Options for Women, a nonprofit that provided medically inaccurate information about pregnancies and abortions. Wednesday was Crooker’s first press conference since announcing her run for one of the two available Hillsborough District 25 seats and although she said she was nervous, she was running for office because she was “tired of sitting back and watching Chris Sununu break his promises to the state.”

Constituents interested in supporting reproductive health and freedom can vote for Democrats up and down the ticket, Kennedy said, and can fund campaigns, call their neighbors, and organize. One starting point is www.organizenh.org, she said. Voters can gauge their local candidates’ stances on relevant issues by searching Twitter, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and the ACLU of New Hampshire.


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