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Can’t Trust Kelly: Ayotte's Push to Restrict IVF and Birth Control

After this week’s two-year anniversary of the destructive Dobbs decision, the New Hampshire Democratic Party is spotlighting former U.S. Senator and Republican candidate for governor Kelly Ayotte’s repeated efforts to restrict Granite Staters’ reproductive freedoms - underscoring why voters won’t fall for Ayotte’s dishonest attempts to rewrite her anti-choice record.


Among her litany of attacks on reproductive freedom is Ayotte’s disturbing record of threatening and restricting access to IVF and birth control, a record which the Portsmouth Herald reported earlier this year “raises concerns” among Granite Staters who have relied on these essential healthcare services to plan for the future and start a family.


Ayotte has repeatedly opposed universal access to IVF and birth control and taken steps to make these services more expensive and difficult to obtain: 


  • During her time in the U.S. Senate Ayotte co-sponsored the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, which would make it harder and more expensive for Granite Staters to access birth control. 


  • Ayotte also voted in favor of the Blunt amendment, which analysts say would have not only allowed insurers and employers to deny coverage for IVF and birth control, but other critical healthcare services like blood transfusions, vaccines and more. 


  • Ayotte supported repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would force women to pay more for birth control and preventative health services, and enable insurance companies to discriminate against women. More than 150,000 women in New Hampshire gained access to expanded preventative health services because of the ACA, including for contraception and mammograms.


“Whether you are trying to start a family through IVF or trying to fill a birth control prescription, Kelly Ayotte wants to restrict reproductive freedom and insert politicians into decisions that should be left up to Granite State women,” said former NH House Speaker Terie Norelli. “Instead of explaining her extreme and harmful votes, Ayotte has chosen to lie and mislead Granite Staters whose access to health care and whose most fundamental freedoms hang in the balance. But Ayotte’s record speaks louder than her false promises, and no one believes she wouldn’t take aim at reproductive freedom the first chance she got if elected governor.”

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