New Hampshire

Governor Maggie Hassan

Democrat, Candidate for U.S. Senate

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

Endorsed

Will Support Planned Parenthood Health Centers

Unlike her opponent Kelly Ayotte, Hassan supports Planned Parenthood health centers and wants to ensure that patients are able to access birth control and cancer screenings and the other preventive care they provide. Last summer, when the New Hampshire Executive Council cut Planned Parenthood Northern New England’s contract with the state, Governor Hassan called it out for what it was: 

an ideological and political attack against Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions.

This careless decision cut funding for Planned Parenthood health centers in the state by about one-third, affecting the nearly 12,000 Granite Staters who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for services like birth control, cancer screenings and STI testing.

Facts:

  • Under Gov. Hassan, New Hampshire officially expanded Medicaid to cover approximately 50,000 more people.

  • Gov. Hassan signed the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act into law. The bill addressed the gender pay gap, and “eliminates loopholes, increases wage transparency and ensures workers have the resources to earn a fair and equal paycheck without fear of retaliation.” If elected to the Senate, Gov. Hassan has pledged to be a proponent of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

  • Hassan has fought for women to access birth control for decades: As a state senator, she supported a bill that allowed New Hampshire women to buy emergency contraception like Plan B without a prescription.

Maggie Hassan's Opponent: Kelly Ayotte (R)

Ayotte has voted six times to block people from accessing birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers.

“Planned Parenthood provides critical primary and preventive health care services to thousands of New Hampshire women, including cancer screenings, birth control and STD testing. Access to these services is essential to the economic security and vitality of our families.” 

— 8/4/2015

Will Protect a Woman’s Ability to Make Her Own Reproductive Health Care Decisions

Women should be able to access critical health services without fearing for their safety.

 —Gov. Maggie Hassan

Hassan has always stood up for New Hampshire women when it mattered most. She signed a law that created a 25-foot buffer zone around health centers that provide abortions, to protect the privacy and safety of patients and employees.

When a Planned Parenthood health center in Claremont, NH, was subject to an act of vandalism — and then a month later to violence from an intruder who used a hatchet to destroy computers, phones and medical equipment — Hassan condemned the attacks.

 

Supports Sex Education

Hassan also supports comprehensive sex education. She vetoed a bill that would have forced teachers to notify parents about any course material that contains anything centered on human sexuality or sex education, jeopardizing the ability of New Hampshire students to seek out information on sexual health. Regarding her veto of the bill,Hassan said: 

This bill would make it more difficult for young people to receive critical public health education.

 

Maggie Hassan Wants You to Be Able to Access Affordable Birth Control

When the Supreme Court ruled in its Hobby Lobby decision to allow employers to deny their employees birth control, Hassan said she was disappointed. As Governor, she also supported legislation commonly referred to as the Not My Boss’s Business Act, which was introduced in the Senate in response to Hobby Lobby and aimed to protect coverage of health services, such as birth control, from employers who want to impose their beliefs on their employees.

It’s no surprise that Hassan pledged to ensure that all of the advancements made by the ACA — like free preventive care, including birth control and mammograms — are covered, regardless of preexisting conditions.