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Last Friday, the New York Times detailed Donald Trump’s private support for a national abortion ban.

It’s been over 5,000 minutes since that report came out, and neither Republican candidate for governor in New Hampshire has spoken out against Donald Trump’s extreme abortion ban agenda.

In New Hampshire, 54% of Republican 2024 primary voters believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Last year, a survey from Breakthrough Campaigns found that a supermajority of Granite Staters – 87% – support reproductive freedom and 64% of Granite Staters expect state elected officials to protect or expand abortion access in New Hampshire. Additionally, the survey found that only 11% of Granite Staters want more abortion restrictions in the state.

“Kelly Ayotte and Chuck Morse’s silence shows they are out of touch and entirely unfit to represent New Hampshire, where an overwhelming majority of voters believe that abortion should be legal,” said Kayla Montgomery, VP of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund. “Kelly Ayotte and Chuck Morse simply can’t be trusted to defend our fundamental civil rights. From their silence, Granite Staters can only assume that Ayotte and Morse completely agree with Donald Trump’s extreme 16-week ban and if elected, would help push his out-of-touch agenda forward.”

Background on Ayotte and Morse’s abortion ban agenda:

  • Ayotte supported overturning Roe v. Wade: “Ayotte said the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion should be overturned, but states should regulate abortion rather than adopt a constitutional change.” [Nashua Telegraph, 8/20/10]
  • Ayotte voted to ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide. [H.R. 36, Roll Call Vote 268, 9/22/15]
  • Ayotte voted for an amendment that would criminalize doctors and close family members who help young people access safe and legal abortion. [S. Amdt. 292 to S. Con. Res. 8, Roll Call Vote 64, 3/22/13]
  • Chuck Morse was a key architect of New Hampshire’s first abortion ban in modern history, which prohibited the procedure after 24-weeks with no exceptions for fatal fetal diagnoses, rape, or incest. The ban as originally adopted also mandated medically unnecessary ultrasounds for every patient seeking abortion care, at every stage of pregnancy. He supported its passage as part of the 2021 budget package and opposed subsequent efforts to reduce the harm caused by the ban. In 2022, Morse was one of only five senators to vote against HB 1609, a bipartisan bill to add an exception for fatal fetal diagnoses and remove the medically unnecessary ultrasound provision.
  • As a state senator, Chuck Morse voted for two abortion bans: HB 1679 in 2012 and HB 2 in 2021. 
  • Morse supported the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe. Following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Chuck Morse said: “This decision has no impact on New Hampshire. I strongly believe that the states should have the right to govern policy in their respective states as the Supreme Court has ruled.” 


Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in New Hampshire. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.

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