After voicing their support for the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last week, the NH GOP Senate candidates faced even more backlash this week when USA Today reported that Mitch McConnell said it’s “possible” that Washington Republicans would push a national abortion ban if they retake the Senate majority.
Chuck Morse, Kevin Smith, Don Bolduc, Bruce Fenton, and Vikram Mansharamani have all made it clear that they support the decision to overturn Roe and the abortion ban Chuck Morse was the “key architect” of, which makes no exceptions for rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomaly and includes a mandatory ultrasound requirement and felony penalties for doctors who perform abortions.
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New Hampshire Leaders Slam Republicans for Supporting SCOTUS' Draft Decision to Overturn Roe. On Tuesday, Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington, State Senator Tom Sherman, Dalia Vidunas, Executive Director at Equality Health Center, and NHDP Executive Committee Member Stefany Shaheen hosted a virtual press conference where they discussed how Mitch McConnell said it's "possible" Republicans will try to ban abortion nationwide if they retake the Senate and if the Supreme Court overturns Roe. Shaheen said that it’s “astonishing that we have Samuel Alito, Mitch McConnell, Chris Sununu, and Chuck Morse deciding what’s going to happen to our bodies. Not acceptable, and not a world we want to be back in,” and added that “we’ve heard what Mitch McConnell has said. He said unequivocally that if Republicans take back control of the U.S. Senate that they’re going to do everything they can to enact a restrictive abortion ban.” Read about the press conference here and watch the recording here.
Morse Tries to Hide From His Anti-Choice Record. The New York Times On Politics Newsletter discussed how abortion rights is an issue that is “a clear political winner for Senator Maggie Hassan,” while her GOP Senate opponent State Senate President Chuck Morse is trying desperately to talk about anything else. It’s clear why Morse doesn’t want to talk about abortion — Morse “pushed a ban [...] last year that did not include exceptions for rape or incest” which is deeply unpopular with Granite Staters and “also required all women to take an ultrasound exam before terminating a pregnancy.” Read the newsletter here.
Political Observers Say Abortion Is “Going to Play in New Hampshire.” On NH Today with Chris Ryan on Wednesday, Jeff Feingold, the editor of New Hampshire Business Review said the NH GOP Senate primary is a “jumbled mess right now,” and added that Republicans “seem to be scurrying over to the corner of the right-wing of the party,” especially when it comes to abortion. Feingold said that “in terms of the issue of abortion, that's going to be an issue that's going to play in New Hampshire. It has before and it will again.” According to the Pew Research Center, New Hampshire is one of the most pro-choice states in the country. Morse’s abortion ban and Republicans’ attacks on reproductive rights are deeply unpopular with Granite Staters and have resulted in political consequences for Republicans that will likely continue into November.