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“I Made That Happen.” Chuck Morse Brags About Passing NH’s First Modern Abortion Ban

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“I Made That Happen.” Chuck Morse Brags About Passing NH’s First Modern Abortion Ban

In a recent interview with WMUR, Republican candidate for governor Chuck Morse bragged about his role in passing the most significant abortion ban in New Hampshire’s history during his time as Senate President.

Morse also tried to downplay the current restrictions that he worked to pass — just days after his fellow GOP candidate and NH-SEN loser Kelly Ayotte claimed “there is no ‘abortion ban’ in New Hampshire…It’s just not true” —  which call for civil and criminal penalties for doctors and health care professionals who provide abortions, including “up to seven years in prison and fines up to $100,000.” Even Gov. Sununu agrees it’s a ban, bragging about being “the first governor in 40 years to sign an abortion ban.”

“New Hampshire’s primary has only just begun, but the GOP candidates for governor have already started competing for who is the most extreme on abortion,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Izzi Levy. “While Chuck Morse and Kelly Ayotte try in public to downplay their efforts to restrict reproductive freedom, behind the scenes they are scheming for ways to go further. New Hampshire families won’t forget who led the charge to strip them of their rights come next November.”

Both Morse and Ayotte have extreme and dangerous track records on abortion. The architect of the state’s abortion ban, Morse voted against adding exemptions for rape, incest, and the life of the child to the bill. Morse has also voted to defund Planned Parenthood, voted to allow pharmacists to refuse to prescribe patients birth control because of their own beliefs, and repeatedly voted against protecting patients from harassment while seeking reproductive health care.

In the U.S. Senate, Ayotte called for the overturning of Roe v. Wade more than a decade before the Dobbs decision, led the charge for a national abortion ban, and voted repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood. She has called a regulation requiring most employers to cover costs of birth control “an unprecedented affront to religious liberty.” A recent independent poll found that abortion is the “second most-named issue” on New Hampshire voters’ minds leading up to the 2024 governor’s race following the economy.