North Country Woman To Deliver Letter Critical of Sununu on Reproductive Rights

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The Women's March for Reproductive Rights in Lancaster was one of many held across the state and country.

CONCORD – Lucy K. Wyman, who helped organize the Women’s March for Reproductive Freedom in Lancaster Oct. 2, said the letter was signed by more than 100 people.

Wyman said she hopes to meet with Gov. Chris Sununu at the State House on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and hand the letter to him in person.

Sununu’s spokesman, Ben Vihstadt did not respond when asked if the governor will be available to meet with Wyman.

The letter follows:

OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR CHRIS SUNUNU October 2, 2021              Lancaster, NH

RE:  Anti-abortion addenda to the state budget and the September 15 Executive Council vote                                          
It is inconceivable to us that in the year 2021 we must still fight for recognition of women’s self-determination. We cannot understand the failure on the part of our state leaders to grasp the comprehensive nature of women’s health care: reproduction choice and health profoundly impact the entire family, and ultimately, society.

This incredible failure of understanding has been clearly established by your signature on the July state budget which includes invasive and expensive requirements for those choosing abortion, and also the horrific possibility that a woman might be forced to carry a non-viable fetus full term and any doctor fulfilling his Hippocratic oath might be charged with a felony!

We are appalled as well by your complicity with the Executive Council’s irresponsible vote to eliminate 80% of state support which provides breast and cervical cancer screenings, contraception and other reproductive health services to women throughout the state. Surely you are aware the more affluent will find the services they need and the radically reduced funding and access to these services will typically affect the low income community the hardest.

As NH residents we sign below to ask that you revisit these unfortunate mandates. Not only has our state always been recognized as supportive of choice but our well-known motto LIVE FREE OR DIE can be construed as ludicrous under the above Draconian measures.

The letter was signed by more than 100 people.

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