CONCORD, NH — Today, the New Hampshire Union Leader published an op-ed by Deputy State House Democratic Leader Alexis Simpson. Rep. Simpson slammed the NHGOP for proposing cruel abortion bans — made possible by Donald Trump and his role in overturning Roe v. Wade — and highlighted how 2024 Republicans like Trump, Nikki Haley, and Ron DeSantis are all running on the same agenda of banning abortion nationwide.
Read on for highlights from the op-ed.
Union Leader: Alexis Simpson: Women’s freedom is under attack in NH and Trump is to blame
Last week, the New Hampshire House held hearings on two anti-abortion bills, one that would deeply restrict abortion after 15 weeks and another that would ban abortion after 15 days. If passed, the 15-day abortion ban would be one of the most restrictive bans in the country. Both of these bills fly in the face of Granite State values, as they would prevent women from getting the reproductive health care they need.
The overturning of Roe v. Wade and the loss of federal protections for abortion — this is the cruel America that Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans created. Abortion bans are dangerous, extreme, and out of touch with the people of New Hampshire.
Republicans running for president, like Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, and Ron DeSantis, have remained silent on these bills during their recent visits to New Hampshire. They’ve refused to tell Granite Staters what they’d do if these bills landed on their desks, but Granite Staters know the truth: Each of these candidates are running to carry the same extreme agenda nationwide with a national abortion ban.
Trump endorsed a national ban and has repeatedly bragged about his role in overturning Roe v. Wade. Thanks to Trump, MAGA extremists are pushing to ban abortion in New Hampshire and across the country. Haley signed an abortion ban as governor that had no exceptions for rape or incest and threatened doctors with jail time, and backed a complete abortion ban as a state legislator. Last year, DeSantis signed one of the most restrictive laws in the country, banning abortion in Florida before many women know they’re pregnant. Time and again, Trump, Haley, and DeSantis used their power to rip away women’s freedoms.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, on the other hand, have been strong champions for women’s health care access. The Biden-Harris administration has defended FDA approval of medication abortion, strengthened access to contraception, and fought for women’s access to emergency medical care across the country. While Republicans in Congress have railed against taking action to protect reproductive care, President Biden has been unwavering in his calls for Congress to codify Roe into federal law.
Trump, Haley, and DeSantis have told us over and over who they really are -- and we need to believe them. They’ve only doubled down on their calls for national abortion bans during their campaigns, and we must trust that they’ll follow through if elected president. And if that happens, it’s New Hampshire women who will pay the price.
This November, I hope Granite Staters will join me in rejecting Trump and Republicans’ extreme abortion bans and reelecting President Biden and Vice President Harris: champions for our freedoms.