Why I’m not after Jeanne Shaheen for an interview

I’ve interviewed Karen Testerman, Jim Rubens, and Bob Smith about their campaigns for U.S. Senate. I want to be sure challengers to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) get their views on the life issues out in front of prolife voters. Not all of the candidates will be my electoral cup of tea, but I’ll print what they have to say.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH (official Senate photo)
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH (official Senate photo)

So why haven’t I asked Sen. Shaheen to sit down for an interview? Because I have no doubt that her commitment to abortion advocacy is solid and deep and permanent, based on her record. She has no shortage of media contacts through which to convey her views.

To review, here are a few reasons why as a prolife voter I am eager for a chance to send our senior senator back to private life.

  • As governor, she signed repeal of New Hampshire’s 19th-century abortion laws, knowing that nothing was in place to update them. Result: abortion is legal in New Hampshire throughout all nine months of pregnancy. On her Senate web site, she refers to this as a “civil rights” accomplishment.
  • In 2011, she guided Planned Parenthood of Northern New England through an end run around an Executive Council vote denying PPNNE a Title X contract. PPNNE is New Hampshire’s leading abortion provider.
  • She is a favorite candidate at EMILY’s List, a pro-abortion PAC seeking to elect “pro-choice Democratic women.” EMILY’s List calls Shaheen “a trailblazing woman leader.”
  • In accord with her belief that abortion is about “civil rights,” she has at every opportunity opposed taxpayer disengagement from the abortion industry.

I had no reason to dispute Jim Rubens when he said in our interview, “[Shaheen] is as aggressively pro-choice as you can get.”

Would I turn down a chance to listen to her, one-on-one? Certainly not. But this shrewd and committed woman doesn’t need me to propagate her views.