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ROUNDUP: Bolduc Blasted for Saying the Future of Reproductive Rights “Belongs” to GOP “Gentlemen”

It has been a brutal 24 hours for Don Bolduc since HuffPost reported that Bolduc said, “as a man,” he thinks that the future of abortion rights in New Hampshire “belongs" to "gentlemen" GOP state lawmakers. Read about the backlash below: Former NH Attorney General and GOP strategist Tom Rath, @polguru: No truer political campaign axiom than ‘when you are explaining, you’re losing’ but Bolduc’s “abortion decisions belong to GOP Gentlemen State Reps” comment defies explanation, political reality, reason and decency. You’re gonna hear this one a whole bunch. [10/8/22, 7:29 PM] Author Jodi Picoult, @jodipicoult: NH friends…particularly women…THIS is why @SenatorHassan needs to be re-elected. #livefreeorbecomeahandmaid… [10/8/22, 9:22 AM] Former senior executive at NBCUniversal Mike Sington, @MikeSington: This will blow your mind. New Hampshire’s Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc says abortion decisions “belong” to Republican “gentlemen” state representatives, and that “as a man”, women “get the best voice” when men decide how to regulate their rights. [10/9/22, 8:22 AM] Former professional tennis player Martina Navratilova, @Martina: Bolduc is living in the wrong century- I think 18th century or earlier would have been perfect for him [10/8/22, 12:13 PM] State Representative Matt Wilhelm, @RepWilhelm: “Don Bolduc said that ‘as a man,’ he thinks women ‘get the best voice’ when state legislators decide how to regulate their rights”. In 31 days, Granite Staters will be voting to re-elect ⁦@Maggie_Hassan⁩ + pro-choice Dems to Concord. #NHPolitics [10/8/22, 10:12 AM] State Representative Laura Telerski, @LauraTelerski: Dear Don Bolduc, Who has the “best voice” to decide the rights my daughter, and other young women, have over their own body? It’s definitely not the “gentlemen” of the New Hampshire House. Signed, A state legislator. #NHPolitics [10/8/22, 10:45 AM] Chair of the Rockingham County Democrats Larry Drake, @LarryDrake2: “This quote by Don Bolduc really sums up well the completely sexist, male chauvinist attitude of today's GOP. The arrogance is breathtaking. For me, it's just more motivation to defeat Bolduc Nov. 8. NH Dems, let's work as hard as we can between now and Election Day! #NHPolitics [10/8/22, 9:33 AM] HuffPost: GOP Senate Nominee: Abortion Decisions 'Belong' to GOP ‘Gentlemen’ State Reps

  • New Hampshire GOP Senate nominee Don Bolduc told supporters this week that he thinks the future of abortion rights “belongs” to Republican “gentlemen” state lawmakers, who he claims know best how to give women a voice on their reproductive rights.

  • “It belongs to the state. It belongs to these gentlemen right here, who are state legislators representing you,” Bolduc said, motioning to at least two Republican state representatives in the room, Jason Osborne and Jess Edwards.

  • Edwards, for one, voted against sidelining a bill in March that would have banned abortion upon the detection of a so-called fetal “heartbeat,” a misleading reference to cardiac activity in an embryo. That means the bill would have banned abortion after about five weeks, a point at which many people don’t even know that they are pregnant.

  • Bolduc went on to say that “as a man,” he thinks that women “get the best voice” on their reproductive rights when state legislators decide how to regulate them.

  • “That is the best way, I think, as a man, that women get the best voice: at the state level, not at the federal level,” he said.

Mother Jones: Republican Senate Candidate Says Abortion Decisions Belong to “Gentlemen” State Lawmakers

  • New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc told supporters last week that abortion decisions “belong” to “gentlemen” in the state legislature.

  • At a Wednesday night town hall in Auburn, Bolduc said, “It belongs to the state. It belongs to these gentlemen right here, who are state legislators representing you. That is the best way I think, as a man, that women get the best voice. At the state level, not at the federal level. It’s really Senator Hassan that doesn’t understand this.” He added that Sen. Maggie Hassan, the state’s incumbent democratic senator, “needs to get on board with the Supreme Court decision” to overturn Roe v. Wade.