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NH STATE REPRESENTATIVE REFERS TO WOMEN AS "VAGINAS" IN HOUSE EMAIL
Concord, NH—Earlier this month State Representative Peter Hansen (Amherst) referred to women as "vaginas” in a House internal email during discussion on H.B. 135, an effort to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law.
Sara Persechino, Policy and Community Relations Director for NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire, condemned the derogatory use of language:
"We are shocked and disgusted by this derogatory comment. Representative Peter Hansen was elected to represent the citizens of his district and this state; referring to women as "vaginas” is not in line with New Hampshire’s value of equality for all.
Shame on Representative Hansen—we will do everything in our power to ensure voters in his district know about his demeaning rhetoric.
Women are more than their reproductive organs. We are daughters, sisters, mothers, students, professionals, and community leaders. We deserve more than being referenced by our body parts.”
NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire is the state’s largest grassroots organization dedicated solely to reproductive rights, and has been working to protect choice since 1977. Their mission is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices.