DON BOLDUC’S DIRTY DOZEN: SHOWING VOTERS WHO HE REALLY IS ON REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM
For Immediate Release: Nov. 2, 2022
12 moments that show why New Hampshire can’t afford to elect Bolduc as its next U.S. Senator
NEW HAMPSHIRE — There are many reasons why candidate Don Bolduc should not be elected as New Hampshire’s next U.S. Senator — and Bolduc has offered many of them himself. Whether making callous asides about cutting access to reproductive health care or spouting outright lies about abortion and the people who get them, Bolduc isn’t afraid to show voters who he really is. Ahead of tonight’s WMUR debate, here is “Don’s Dirty Dozen,” twelve statements that show just how dangerous Bolduc is for the reproductive health of New Hampshire and the nation.
- Called eliminating our federal right to abortion “a necessary constitutional correction”: He tweeted that “as a pro-life candidate, I believe that the court made the right decision.”
- On Dobbs, Bolduc applauded the ruling, saying, “That’s great.” He even went so far as to say that people should rejoice at the decision. Bolduc supported the Supreme Court taking away our right to abortion. He celebrates the decision - and isn’t concerned with the millions of people who’ve lost access to abortion since June.
- “Gentlemen” legislators give women “the best voice” on abortion: Bolduc told supporters in October that abortion decisions belong to the state legislature — specifically, the “gentlemen,” saying that women get “the best voice” when politicians regulate what they can and can’t do with their bodies. This is yet another moment where Bolduc revealed who he thinks should be in charge of our health.
- “I’m not going to vote contrary to pro-life.” Bolduc has said a variation of this so many times that it’s hard to believe he won’t be in Mitch McConnell’s corner if elected to the Senate — putting a national abortion ban within reach.
- Planned Parenthood “should be defunded.” In 2019, Bolduc told the Keith Hanson Show on WNTK that Planned Parenthood health centers — a critical source of reproductive and primary care for millions of people, especially those with low incomes — ”should be defunded.” That means no Medicaid or other public funds to provide critical care, including birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment, for those who need it most.
- So-called ‘fathers’ rights’ laws are “... something that we really need to look at”: When asked whether he supports a proposed New Hampshire bill that would allow men to petition courts to stop a pregnant person from getting an abortion, Bolduc responded, “Fathers aren’t getting the proper due process in the court systems and it’s something that we really need to look at.”
- “Any abortion is bad.” When discussing New Hampshire’s abortion ban, Bolduc said that the law’s limit “is bad enough… Any abortion is bad.” The statement is not just stigmatizing — it’s indicative of how extreme Bolduc really is.
- “You don’t compromise on the issue of life.” Bolduc said that New Hampshire’s abortion ban — the first in the state’s modern history — was not restrictive enough. In a 2021 interview, he said, “Listen, 24 weeks, I'm told, ‘well, we never-we didn't have anything, and it's better than nothing.’ No, it's not. You do not compromise on the issue of life.”
- Laws criminalizing abortion providers are fine by Bolduc: Bolduc endorsed the original version of New Hampshire’s abortion ban, which has criminal penalties for providing even medically necessary abortions. Over 200 medical providers spoke against this law and the chilling impact it has on the overall health care landscape.
- On banning IVF: “I am not going to say no, right?”: Bolduc called the disposal of embryos for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) “disgusting”, and when pressed on whether he would ban IVF — a procedure used for decades by millions of families — Bolduc said, “I am not going to say no, right?” Read how the IVF community reacted here.
- An outright lie: “More people are killed by abortion than gun violence”: Bolduc has made outlandish claims about abortion, including the lie that more people are killed by abortion than by gun violence. [Don Bolduc, Gun Course Conversation with Don Bolduc, 10/3/2021]
- “Get over it”: Bolduc dismissed Sen. Maggie Hassan and other supporters of reproductive freedom who continue to decry millions of people losing abortion access, saying, “Get over it.” Granite State voters will not get over it — and they won’t elect Don Bolduc to the Senate.
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