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Former NH House Speaker Terie Norelli: Judge Ayotte By Her Actions, Not Her Words on Abortion

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Former NH House Speaker Terie Norelli: Judge Ayotte By Her Actions, Not Her Words on Abortion

A new op-ed penned by former Speaker of the New Hampshire House Terie Norelli highlights the stakes of New Hampshire’s governor’s race during the week of the two-year anniversary of the Dobbs decision that stripped away abortion rights for millions of women, and the threat that former senator and Republican candidate for governor Kelly Ayotte poses to reproductive freedom.

In the column, Rep. Norelli calls out Ayotte for her history of trying to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care and her shameless attempts to “distance herself from her own problematic record of attempting to restrict reproductive freedom.”

While highlighting Ayotte’s history of playing an “outsized role in restricting reproductive rights throughout her career,” Rep. Norelli reminds voters that during her tenure in the U.S. Senate, Ayotte: 

  • “…led the effort to enact a national abortion ban and voted for the Blunt amendment, which would have enabled employers and insurers to decline coverage of birth control, IVF treatments, and more.”
  • “…voted repeatedly to cut funding from Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of reproductive health care services both nationally and here in New Hampshire.”

After leaving the U.S. Senate, Ayotte’s attacks against reproductive rights continued, as Norelli points out:

  • Ayotte “…built upon her anti-choice record, shepherding then-Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch through his Senate confirmation.”
  • Ayotte “…suggested that New Hampshire’s current abortion restrictions — which threaten criminal penalties for our health care providers and make us the only state in New England without proactive protections for reproductive care — represent the ‘sweet spot’ on this critical issue.”

Read more from Rep. Norelli here

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