New Hampshire

Senator Kelly Ayotte

Republican, Incumbent

Supports Trump

Senator Kelly Ayotte
Republican, Incumbent

Senator Kelly Ayotte keeps  trying to spin her record on women’s health. Let’s set it straight.

Ayotte’s terrible record goes all the way back to her tenure as New Hampshire attorney general, when she prioritized restricting access to reproductive health and rights. She petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court — despite objections from the New Hampshire governor at the time — to review an unconstitutional parental notification law that did not have an exception to protect the health of the mother.

The Supreme Court ruled that states cannot restrict abortion when it is essential to the health of the woman. The notification law was never enforced. But New Hampshire taxpayers were still forced to foot the bill of Ayotte’s campaign to ban abortion –– $300,000 in legal fees.  

At the time, the executive director of an anti-abortion group praised her for “going the extra mile” to defend the parental notification law. Little did we know that this was the beginning of Ayotte’s career of consistently “going the extra mile” to stand against policies that would improve the lives of women and their families.

Facts:
 

  • Ayotte defended the Supreme Court’s unpopularHobby Lobby decision on the Senate floor, and cosponsored and voted for the Blunt Amendment, to allow employers to refuse coverage for health care services to employees.

  • Ayotte was named one of the most influential anti-abortion “icons” in America. She was one of only four sitting U.S. senators to make the list.

  • An August 2015 poll found that 66% of New Hampshire voters oppose blocking patients from Planned Parenthood’s preventive health services through “defunding” efforts, including 72% of Independents.

Kelly Ayotte's Opponent: Maggie Hasson (D)

 

Governor Maggie Hassan has tirelessly worked on behalf of New Hampshire women and families as governonr, and she will do the same as senator.

  

"I certainly think that Roe should be overturned."
YouTube, 8/19/210

Kelly Ayotte Has Gone The Extra Mile To Restrict Access to Reproductive Health Care

She wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned and criminalize abortion –– and she’s willing to help block the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice in order to do so. She supports Donald Trump, who has promised to appoint judges who are “pro-life.” Remember –– this threat is very real. In just the last five years, more than 300 abortion restrictions have been enacted in states across the country, forcing dozens of health centers to close. It’s no wonder that in the last few years there has been a huge increase in Google searches for self-induced abortions.

"I certainly think that Roe should be overturned"
- Kelly Ayotte

Ayotte Wants to Make It Harder for Women to Access Affordable Birth Control

She wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, getting rid of the expanded free preventive health care coverage it ensures for millions, including nearly 300,000 women in New Hampshire.

When she introduced a plan to put birth control over the counter, medical experts said it would actually “make more women have to pay for their birth control.” After she voted against equal pay legislation multiple times, she introduced what was referred to as a “stripped-down version” of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which wouldn’t go the full nine yards to ensure pay equity for women. And yes, Ayotte wants to block patients from going to Planned Parenthood health centers, and has voted multiple times to do so.

Earth to Ayotte: That is not fighting for women’s health!

Wants to Block Patients From Accessing Care at Planned Parenthood Health Centers

Last August, the New Hampshire Executive Council voted to reject state funding for Planned Parenthood, cutting it by about one-third. For the last six years, Ayotte has been waging the same battle at the federal level, showing the same disregard for the thousands of New Hampshire patients who rely on Planned Parenthood each year for health care.

 

Ayotte has voted six times to block people from accessing birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers. In addition, she voted against two amendments that would have restored patient access to care lifesaving care at Planned Parenthood.

If Ayotte and her anti-women’s health colleagues were successful, the consequences would be devastating to the 2.5 million patients who rely on Planned Parenthood for things like birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing.