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After a decade in state politics, this summer Chris Sununu has announced he is not running for re-election. During his time as then-Executive Councilor and now governor, Sununu defunded Planned Parenthood, vetoed legislation to reduce financial barriers to abortion care, and signed New Hampshire's first abortion ban in modern history into law. 

Sununu's State House departure is an opportunity for New Hampshire to change directions. The governor is responsible for acting on legislation and the state budget, appointing judges and state Supreme Court justices, and nominating state department heads.  

Granite Staters deserve a leader who will fight for our reproductive rights. Unfortunately, two extreme anti-abortion politicians have already announced their campaigns for governor: Kelly Ayotte and Chuck Morse. 

Kelly Ayotte may try to paint herself as pro-woman, but her record tells a very different story. As New Hampshire Attorney General, Ayotte fought for an unconstitutional abortion restriction at the U.S. Supreme Court. As U.S. Senator, Ayotte voted to defund Planned Parenthood every chance she had. In 2016, then-Senator Ayotte refused to consider Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, even though polling showed a majority of New Hampshire voters believed the U.S. Senate should move forward with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Her obstructionism paved the way for Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump to steal a Supreme Court seat, an appointment which led to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. 

Now as a gubernatorial candidate, Kelly Ayotte refuses to acknowledge the 24-week abortion ban Sununu signed into law and bragged about.  

Former state senator and fellow gubernatorial candidate Chuck Morse is also confused. He responded "no" when asked if New Hampshire has an abortion ban moments before taking credit for writing that very ban on abortion later in pregnancy into law.  

Morse was in fact a key architect of New Hampshire's first abortion ban in modern history. His beliefs are so extreme he opposed bipartisan efforts to reduce some of the harm caused by his abortion ban, voting against a critical exception for fatal fetal diagnoses.  

Let's be clear. Anti-abortion politicians like Kelly Ayotte and Chuck Morse beat around the bush on New Hampshire's abortion ban because they know Granite Staters overwhelmingly believe these decisions should be made between individuals and their doctors.  

The future of abortion rights in our state depends on every election - and every voter. Will you take action today to protect reproductive health care? 

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