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Van Ostern Stresses Women's Health Credentials at Campaign Stop on Seacoast

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In his first days campaigning for governor in the general election, Democrat Colin Van Ostern has focused on women’s health issues.  And today he did so again at a stop on the Seacoast.

Colin Van Ostern met with state senator Martha Fuller Clark and a handful of healthcare professionals at the Lovering health care center in Greenland.

As he did during the Primary campaign, Van Ostern stressed his support for abortion rights and funding for Planned Parenthood. He also criticized his Republican rival Chris Sununu for his Executive Council vote in 2015 to defund Planned Parenthood.

“Thousands fewer women got birth control and cancer screenings and annual exams over the course of the past year. And I know that New Hampshire women and families need a governor who will stand up for their  access to care 100% of the time.”

Sununu later voted to restore the contract with Planned Parenthood.

Van Ostern also emphasized his plans to make the state’s Medicaid expansion program permanent. He says the program benefits women most.  Sununu has said he would not kick people off of Medicaid, but would work to grandfather them out and into healthcare in the private sector.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.

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