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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]

NHDP - Kelly Ayotte Sides with GOP Leadership Against Human Trafficking 





Ayotte Needs to Stop Playing Politics with Trafficking Victims, Strip Measures Restricting Women's Access to Health Care from Bill

Concord, N.H. – Kelly Ayotte today continued her disturbing pattern of playing politics with critical national security and public safety issues, this time siding with Republican leadership against human trafficking victims. 
“From holding funding for homeland security hostage, to signing a reckless letter to the leaders of Iran undermining U.S. foreign policy, to playing politics with a human trafficking bill, Kelly Ayotte has repeatedly put partisan politics before our national security and public safety,” said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan. “There is no place for measures restricting women’s access to health care in a human trafficking bill. Kelly Ayotte needs to listen to the House Republican sponsor of the bill and call for the removal of the measures restricting women’s access to health care.”
The House Republican sponsor of the bill, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “There is no reason it should be included in these bills. This issue is far too important to tie it up with an unrelated fight with politics as usual… To me, this is about saving lives.”
It’s hardly the first time that Ayotte has sided with Republican leadership against the interests of the people of New Hampshire.
On the issue of why Kelly Ayotte signed the discredited Iran letter while other Republicans like Maine’s Susan Collins refused, NHPR’s Josh Rogers said, “This was something that leadership in the Republican Senate, they went for this and [Ayotte] tends to go along with them.”

NHDP - On 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, NH Republicans Seek to Implement Radical, Anti-Woman Agenda

Concord, N.H. – On the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s watershed Roe v. Wade decision granting women the right to make their own health decisions, New Hampshire Republicans took their first steps to try to implement the NHGOP’s radical, anti-woman agenda.
Last September, the New Hampshire Republican Party adopted a platform including support for fetal “personhood” rights, and today, the House Judiciary Committee began hearing testimony on a bill to implement this radical, anti-woman plank of the NHGOP platform.
“It’s remarkable but fitting that on the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, New Hampshire Republicans would begin work to implement their radical, anti-woman platform,” said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan. “As the New Hampshire Republican Party works to pass a measure that could criminalize even certain forms of contraception and fertility treatments, anti-choice party leader Kelly Ayotte needs to level with the people of New Hampshire about whether she supports her party’s radical efforts."

As has been reported, fetal personhood measures “are extremely controversial because they would criminalize abortion without exceptions and could ban some forms of contraception and in vitro fertilization.”
Efforts to establish fetal personhood rights have been defeated in a number of states, including even Mississippi where voters rejected one such ballot measure.  
“If the voters of Mississippi could agree that fetal personhood legislation was too extreme for their state, surely we too can agree that these radical, anti-woman policies have no place in the State of New Hampshire either,” added Sullivan.
The New Hampshire Republican Party platform includes a measure to "Support the pre-born child's fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment, and implement all Constitutional and legal protections."

If enacted, HB194 “declares that it is the policy of the state of New Hampshire that human life is deemed to exist from conception,” and vests fertilized eggs with “the right to life guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”  


NHDP - NH Republicans Seek to Defund Planned Parenthood, Again 

Concord, N.H. – Before the legislative session has even begun, the Concord Monitor reports that New Hampshire Republicans are already gearing up for another fight to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict access to family planning and critical health services for hard-working Granite State families.
“It’s long past time for Republicans to give up their radical agenda to defund Planned Parenthood, which would restrict access to critical health services and hurt hard-working middle class families,” said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan. “The New Hampshire Republican Party needs to learn that safe and affordable access to family planning services isn’t just a ‘women’s issue,’ it’s an economic issue for thousands of hard-working Granite State families.”
“Governor Hassan worked to restore funding for Planned Parenthood in her first term, ensuring that thousands of Granite State women have access to the critical health services they depend on. New Hampshire Democrats call on Speaker Jasper, Senate President Morse and other Republican leaders to stop trying to re-fight the same partisan battles of the last Bill O’Brien legislature and work with Governor Hassan to solve problems, expand middle class opportunity, and keep our economy moving forward.” added Sullivan.


NHDP, NARAL Hosting Day Long Visibility Outside of Scott Brown's Manchester Office

4'x8' with Bill Text Parked In Front Of Brown's Office with Specific Legislative Language Requiring  Women To Look at Photographs of Fetuses Before Terminating a Pregnancy 
New Hampshire Women Gather For Day-Long Protest at Brown’s Office, Demand He Be Truthful About His Record of Limiting Reproductive Choices for Women
Manchester, NH—Continuing efforts to highlight Scott Brown’s support for controversial legislation he twice co-sponsored to require women to view photographs of developing fetuses before they could exercise their right to terminate a pregnancy, the New Hampshire Democratic Party is hosting a day long visibility effort outside of his Manchester office to remind New Hampshire women that Brown can't be trusted to protect reproductive rights. The NHDP, along with members of NARAL and concerned New Hampshire women, also unveiled a 4'x8' sized copy of the legislation Brown cosponsored outside his office, so he is reminded of just how wrong his legislation is for New Hampshire.  

"There is a very clear choice in this election when it comes to protecting women's reproductive rights, and Scott Brown's record proves that New Hampshire women simply can't trust him," said Laura Thibault, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire. "The facts are indisputable: Scott Brown has repeatedly backed legislation to roll back women's reproductive rights, and he's shown time and again that he can't be trusted to stand up to his party when those rights are under attack. When he was serving in the Massachusetts legislature, he twice supported legislation that would force women to look at pictures of fetuses before they had an abortion. That's absolutely unacceptable. While Scott Brown can say he's pro-choice all he wants, his record is anything but pro-choice."

“Scott Brown can't be trusted to protect reproductive rights for New Hampshire women," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “There's no denying the facts: Brown sponsored legislation not once but twice that would require women to look at pictures of developing fetuses before terminating a pregnancy.  The proof is right there in the text of the bill that he put his name on, and we're going to make sure voters know the truth about his record." 

To read the full text of the bill that Scott Brown co-sponsored to force women to view photographs of developing fetuses before ending a pregnancy, please click here.