RELEASE: House Democrats Object to Use Of Budget Process to Attack Women’s Health

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – House Republicans agreed this afternoon to Senate demands that attack women’s health by restricting contracts on family planning and codifying a version of the “Hyde” amendment (which bars the use of tax dollars to pay for abortion), in the state budget proposal.  Representative Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord), Ranking Democrat on the House Finance Committee and a budget conferee, released the following statement:

“The decision by House conferees to accept the Hyde amendment as part of the state budget proposal is a completely unnecessary attack on women’s health.  Because federal law already prohibits the use of tax dollars on abortion services, this amendment is a political statement, not a budget statement.”

“These provisions never received a public hearing in either the House or Senate, in direct violation of the legislative process.  If Republican lawmakers are going to turn the budget process into a partisan debate over social issues, the least they can do is follow their own rules and be transparent about it.”