NHDP - ICYMI: Kelly Ayotte Takes Heat for Playing Politics With Human Trafficking

Polling Shows: “76% of self-identified moderates and 60% of self-identified conservative leaners said that a vote for this abortion restriction provision would make them less likely to support Kelly Ayotte in 2016”
Concord, N.H. - As Kelly Ayotte continues to side with GOP leadership against trafficking victims, local and national outlets highlighted a new TV ad criticizing Ayotte from leading women's health group NARAL Pro-Choice America.
NARAL also released a polling memo showing Ayotte’s position is “out of step with the values of voters across the ideological spectrum” and “would make them less likely to support Kelly Ayotte in 2016.”
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NH1 News: Steinhauser: New TV ad attacks Ayotte over abortion
Coming to New Hampshire television: A new ad criticizing Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte's position in a heated battle over a bill that would assist victims of sex trafficking.
NARAL Pro-Choice America says it’s going up with a 30 second spot on cable statewide in the Granite State that urges Ayotte to end what they describe as her “obstruction” of the measure because it allows victims access to abortion.
“Women and girls sold into labor and sex trafficking against their will. Their freedom stolen. They’re tortured and repeatedly raped. Eighty percent ending up pregnant, often multiple times. A Senate bill would help survivors of sex trafficking get their lives back on track, but Sen. Kelly Ayotte refuses to support it unless survivors are denied access to abortion care,” says the narrator in the commercial.

“Call Sen. Ayotte and tell her it’s wrong to use survivors as political pawns. Support a clean Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act,” adds the narrator as the spot concludes.
NARAL Pro-Choice America, a national non-profit organization that engages in political action to expand access to abortion and oppose abortion restrictions, says their commercial will run for a week on the three major cable news networks, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. [Full article]
Huffington Post: NARAL Launches Ads Against GOP Senators Over Human Trafficking Bill
NARAL Pro-Choice America launched a TV ad campaign Friday against a handful of GOP senators up for reelection in 2016, lambasting them for their votes on a recent human trafficking bill.
The ads will target Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). They will run on Fox, MSNBC and CNN in each state for a week.
“It’s disturbing to watch these senators put their own ideology ahead of the lives of women who have been through so much already,” said NARAL President Ilyse Hogue. “The bill’s clear intention is to help survivors of human trafficking regain control of their lives, yet the first thing these senators want to do is tell them they can’t even have control over their own bodies.” [Full article]
Politico: Abortion rights group goes on the air in swing states
NARAL Pro-Choice America will hit key swing states with a TV ad campaign today, accusing Republican senators of holding up the sex-trafficking bill in Congress by adding language to ban abortion coverage. The group bought airtime in Illinois (Kirk), Wisconsin (Johnson), New Hampshire (Ayotte) and North Carolina (Burr), playing statewide for one week on CNN, MSNBC and Fox. [Full article]
The Hill: Pro-abortion-rights group slams senators over trafficking bill
NARAL Pro-Choice America rolled out TV ads this week against four Republican senators up for reelection in 2016, targeting them for an anti-trafficking bill that stalled over a fight on abortion.
The group launched TV spots against GOP Sens. Mark Kirk (Ill.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Richard Burr (N.C.).
... The anti-trafficking bill, which would increase resources for law enforcement and trafficking victims, was expected to be a bipartisan success in the Senate. Democrats, however, are objecting to the legislation because it includes the Hyde Amendment, which restricts the use of federal funds on abortions.
If the legislation passed with the abortion language intact, a victims fund that gets its money through criminal finds would be subjected to the abortion restrictions. Democrats argue that is an expansion of Hyde, which they say is normally limited to appropriations bills. [Full article]
Washington Examiner: Human trafficking bill becomes 2016 fodder
A pro-abortion rights group is using a recent standoff over a human trafficking bill to attack vulnerable Senate Republicans.
NARAL Pro-Choice America said Friday it's running a week-long series of ads on Fox, MSNBC and CNN attacking Reps. Mark Kirk of Illinois, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Richard Burr of North Carolina and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. All four are up for re-election in 2016. [Full article]