Shaheen Hosts Virtual Roundtable With NH Family Planning Providers, Pledges To Advocate For Women’s Reproductive Rights In The Face Of Assault From State Republicans


June 25, 2021

Later in Moultonborough: Shaheen discusses Granite State’s summer tourist season while visiting Castle in the Clouds

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Shaheen visits the castle in the clouds

(Manchester, NH) – This morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) hosted a virtual roundtable with local family planning providers, which comes just a day after Republican state lawmakers imposed a biennial budget legislation to the state legislature with a dangerous anti-choice of provisions. The budget bill, which cleared the House and Senate yesterday, will make drastic cuts in funding for clinics that provide essential reproductive health care services to thousands of Granite Staters, especially low-income women. It will also impose a reckless abortion ban and invasive demands that would undermine women’s personal health care decisions and interfere with patient-doctor relationships.

The round table can be consulted here.

“The assault on New Hampshire women yesterday is unreasonable and should be a wake-up call that Republicans in New Hampshire will stop at nothing to roll back women’s reproductive rights. Their assault on women’s health is a despicable reminder of what is at stake for women’s health care and the urgent need to provide family planning clinics and programs with the resources they need to help members of our community. community, now more than ever before. said Shaheen. “During our conversation today, we discussed the importance of the Title X program for the sustainability of family planning resources statewide. I will continue to pull every lever in Congress to provide the financial help our family planning providers need to provide assistance to the women of Granite State, and I will fight all efforts to undermine women’s reproductive freedoms. From the current attempt to overthrow Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court to these heinous state-level attacks, it’s clear Republicans from New Hampshire to Washington will stop at nothing to deny women their reproductive rights. It’s time to sound the alarm bells. ”

This morning, Senator Shaheen also sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra urging him to support New Hampshire family planning providers who will lose state funding under the proposed New Hampshire Budget Act. This support is needed to help these providers close the funding gap until the Biden administration can complete its action to reverse the Trump administration’s ‘Title X Gag rule’, which has barred the majority of providers. New Hampshire Family Planning Fund to receive federal grants. .

Senator Shaheen is a passionate advocate for women’s reproductive rights. Senator Shaheen has fought for years to increase preventive care coverage for women, including through her legislation to reduce the cost of contraception for military women and dependents in military families. . Shaheen also advocated for the repeal of the Global Gag Rule, which prohibits federal funds from foreign nongovernmental organizations that use non-U.S. Funds to provide abortion services or provide information about abortion-in-service. comprehensive family planning. Heeding Shaheen’s calls, the Biden administration issued an executive order reversing the rule. She also supported Congressional efforts against the national gag rule, a Trump administration policy that restricted women’s access to reproductive health services at Title X-funded centers, which the Biden administration moved back in April. Earlier this month, Shaheen and Hassan introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would guarantee a pregnant person’s right to have an abortion – and an abortion provider’s right to provide these abortion services – without medically unnecessary restrictions that interfere with a patient’s individual. choice or the provider-patient relationship.

Later in Moultonborough, Shaheen visited Castle in the Clouds to discuss the ongoing summer tourist season in New Hampshire and highlight the critical impact federal relief from COVID-19 response legislation has had in helping industries. tourism and hospitality industry to stay afloat and recover from the COVID -19 pandemic. Built in 1913, Castle in the Clouds is a historic estate and iconic destination for visitors to the Lake District. During the visit, Shaheen heard more about how federal programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Disaster Loans have helped the site stay open during the pandemic and what he and other seasonal operations are experiencing when they reopen for the summer tourist season.

“Castle in the Clouds is one of the many cultural institutions in Granite State that have faced significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal relief programs that I fought for and strengthened like PPP and EIDL have helped this historic attraction stay afloat during this crisis and luckily they are finally seeing the light of what has been a very long tunnel ” , said Shaheen. “I enjoyed meeting the Castle in the Clouds staff this morning to discuss the challenges they faced during the pandemic, how federal relief funding has allowed them to keep their doors open and keep the staff on the payroll and what they see as they resume normal operations for the summer tourist season. The small businesses and not-for-profit entities of New Hampshire’s hospitality and tourism industries are the backbone of our state’s economy, which is why I will continue to fight for the resources and support that they need to recover in the weeks and months to come.

Shaheen has worked to provide small businesses with the resources they need to survive and recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. She helped lead negotiations on the provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) which was enacted in March 2020 to help small businesses and established the Paycheck Protection Program and expanded the Economic Disaster Lending Program. Both of these programs have been lifesavers for businesses in New Hampshire and across the country.

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