In case you missed it, the New Hampshire Bulletin spoke with the leading candidates for New Hampshire governor on a range of issues and positions. When asked about abortion, Kelly Ayotte said it would be her intention to defund Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire at the earliest opportunity.
“When it comes to funding reproductive health care centers, Ayotte said she supports funding women’s preventative health care but would not renew funding to Planned Parenthood because it is ‘the largest provider of abortions in the country,”.
Ayotte led the charge in the US Senate in overturning Roe v. Wade, and her historic blocking of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee played a large role in that historing rolling back of abortion rights. She has since denied the existence of the standing abortion ban in New Hampshire, which Republicans passed in the 2021 state budget.
In 2006, as attorney general, Ayotte took Planned Parenthood to the Supreme Court fighting for unconstitutional abortion restrictions here in New Hampshire. During her time in the Senate, Ayotte championed a national abortion ban and backed policy allowing pharmacists to refuse filling prescriptions for birth control on religious grounds.
Following the fall of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, which serves New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine, have said they have seen a 12.5% increase in out-of-state residents seeking care at their facilities.
In response to the pledge to defund Planned Parenthood, New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Colin Booth issued the following statement:
“The only time Kelly Ayotte isn’t lying about abortion in New Hampshire is when she’s threatening to restrict it even further than she already has. Make no mistake, if elected, Ayotte would sign a total abortion ban in New Hampshire as quickly as humanly possible, and would gaslight every single Granite Stater before, during, and after she did it.”