Senator Shaheen questions whether Gov. Sununu is pro-choice, “I don’t feel like we can trust him at all. . .I will trust the Governor when he signs legislation that ensures that women have the right to privacy and to make their own decisions about their reproductive futures.”
In an interview with WGIR’s Chris Ryan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen discusses the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade; talks about ways to codify abortion rights going forward; and analyzes the current situation in Ukraine.
Senator Shaheen, who has long been a supporter of the pro-choice movement, is outraged and horrified by the decision of the majority of the Supreme Court to overturn the landmark abortion rights case.
“It feels like my entire adult life that we have been fighting so that women can determine our own decisions about our reproductive futures.”
The Senator is troubled that this is the first time that she can remember that the High Court has moved to take rights away from individuals.
“The decision to have a child is one of the most personal and private decisions that women and their families can make; and that’s who should make those decisions, not some politician sitting in Washington or Concord who knows nothing about the circumstances that those women and their families face.”
The internal document, which has been leaked, indicated that the Supreme Court will vote by a 6-3 margin to overturn Roe vs. Wade and will leave the abortion issue to be decided by the legislatures in each state.
Senator Shaheen calls on Governor Sununu to introduce a bill in the New Hampshire legislature to codify the rights which were protected by Roe vs. Wade.
However, the New Hampshire legislature has passed a law that was signed by the Governor which bans abortions after 24 weeks. The law also requires women to undergo an ultrasound before receiving an abortion and only lists danger to the life of the mother as an exception to the 24-week ban.
Consequently, Senator Shaheen said this about Governor Sununu, who claims to be pro-choice, “I don’t feel like we can trust him at all. . .I will trust the Governor when he signs legislation that ensures that women have the right to privacy and to make their own decisions about their reproductive futures.”
She is also hopeful that the Congress will be able to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act which was passed by the House of Representatives but didn’t get voted on in the Senate due to the filibuster rule.
Senator Shaheen is willing to vote to eliminate the filibuster rule in order to codify Roe vs. Wade into federal law.
In the final segment of the interview, the Senator discussed the war in Ukraine, outlined a $33 billion aid package for military and humanitarian aid, and legislation which she is sponsoring to expand the definition of war crimes with the goal of holding Putin and his officers accountable for their attacks on civilians.