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STATEMENT: Chuck Morse Votes Against Codifying Abortion Rights After the SCOTUS Draft Decision

Three days after POLITICO reported on the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, State Senate President and US Senate candidate Chuck Morse voted today against codifying abortion rights at the state level, which would ensure Granite Staters could access abortion if the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe — which it is poised to do. In response to Morse’s vote, NHDP spokesperson Gates MacPherson released the following statement: “Chuck Morse has once again shown that he will do everything he can to criminalize abortion and punish women for seeking reproductive health care. It’s clear that Morse would be a rubber-stamp for Mitch McConnell and Washington Republicans who will try to ban abortion outright and make it harder for women to access the health care they need if Republicans re-take their Senate majority. New Hampshire is one of the most pro-choice states in the country, and Morse’s anti-choice agenda could not be further from the values that Granite Staters believe in.” BACKGROUND: Chuck Morse was the “key architect” of the first abortion ban in modern New Hampshire history that makes no exceptions for rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomaly, and includes a mandatory ultrasound requirement and felony penalties for doctors who perform abortions. Morse has also voted twice this year against adding exceptions for rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomaly to the abortion ban.