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VIDEO: Planned Parenthood Wants New Hampshire to #AskAyotte About Her Record on Women’s Health

Ayotte Pinkwashes Record on Women’s Health in New Op-Ed

Concord, NH — Planned Parenthood Action Fund today responded to an op-ed posted by Kelly Ayotte today, calling out Ayotte’s tenuous claims about her record on women’s health and her recent votes to defund Planned Parenthood.

Statement from Jennifer Frizzell, Vice President of Public Policy at Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund:

“It’s clear that when Ayotte talks about making ‘women’s health a priority’ she only means “some” women.  

Kelly Ayotte seems to forget that access to lifesaving breast cancer screenings and mammography go hand in hand with access to health insurance. This is clear in her unapologetic crusade against the Affordable Care Act —  which has allowed thousands of New Hampshire women the ability to afford health care for the first time — and her efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides thousands of breast exams in our state.  

Protecting women’s health takes more than a commemorative coin. If Kelly Ayotte were serious about saving lives and making women’s health a priority, she would stop insulting New Hampshire women by pink-washing her record and support meaningful policies to improve health care in the Granite State.”

Or watch here.

Let’s look at the facts:

FACT:  Kelly Ayotte has actively tried to undermine improvements to breast cancer detection after she voted multiple times to defund Planned Parenthood. Defunding the nonprofit would have cut access to breast cancer screenings and affordable birth control for thousands of New Hampshire women. In 2014, Planned Parenthood provided over 1,900 New Hampshire women with breast exams and over 11 thousand with birth control.

FACT: Kelly Ayotte is not doing more for women’s health. Kelly Ayotte has an extensive record of voting against policies that would expand women’s access to the full range of health care services, which include votes to defund Planned Parenthood, which in New Hampshire — in addition to providing thousands of breast exams and thousands with birth control — administered over 13,000 STI tests, nearly 2,000 Pap tests, and engaged in sex education and outreach to nearly 2,000 individuals in 2013. 

  •  Senator Ayotte voted for a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide. [H.R. 36, Roll Call Vote 268, 9/22/15]
  •  Senator Ayotte voted against an amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178), which would create a Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund to provide additional resources to existing grant programs that assist survivors of human trafficking. The amendment would strike the Hyde Amendment from the fund, which would prohibit federal dollars from being used to pay for access to abortion care. [S. Amdt. 301 to S. 178, Roll Call Vote 156, 4/22/15]
  •  Senator Ayotte voted against an amendment to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2), that would have extended enhanced Medicaid reimbursement for primary care physicians,expanding it to include OB/GYN’s. It would have provided $500 million for the Title X family planning program and support training programs for women’s health nurse practitioners. Additionally, the “Women’s Access to Quality Health Care” amendment would have removed a reference to a harmful provision commonly referred to as the Hyde Amendment. [S. Amdt. 1117 to H.R. 2, Roll Call Vote 140, 4/14/15]
  •  Senator Ayotte voted against the “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act,” which was a legislative fix to the June 2014 Supreme Court ruling in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. [S. 2578, Roll Call Vote 228, 7/16/14]
  • Senator Ayotte voted against an amendment to the FY2014 Senate budget resolution, sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), that would “establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to protect women’s access to health care, including primary and preventative health care, family planning and birth control, and employer-provided contraceptive coverage, such as was provided under the Affordable Care Act.” The amendment passed 56-43.[Roll Call Vote 64, S.Amdt. 438 to S.Con.Res. 8, 3/22/13]
  • Senator Ayotte voted in favor of an amendment to, “create a point of order against any legislation that would provide taxpayer funds to the United Nations while any member nation forces citizens or residents of that nation to undergo involuntary abortions.”  [Roll Call 86, S.Amdt. 702 to S.Con.Res. 8, 3/23/13]
  • Senator Ayotte voted for an amendment that would criminalize doctors and close family members who help young people access a safe and legal abortion. [S. Amdt. 292 to S. Con. Res. 8, Roll Call Vote 64, 3/22/13]

What people are saying about Ayotte’s record:

Boston Globe: This Senate Race Ground Zero For Women Issues 

“…Democrats, meanwhile, called into question the seriousness of Ayotte’s legislative efforts. New Hampshire Democratic National Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan described them as “a sham.”

“And if there’s one issue that each campaign plans to use against the other, it’s government funding for Planned Parenthood. Ayotte has voted three times to not have any government funds go to Planned Parenthood.”

Bustle: Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s Women’s Rights Record Has Been Placed Under Heavy Scrutiny. Should It Be?

“Earlier this month, Ayotte told Foster’s Daily Democrat that working parents shouldn’t be “so hard” on themselves — a suggestion that some feminists find ironic, because in 2013, Ayotte sponsored a bill that would have taken benefits away from working parents. The failed Working Families Flexibility Act, which The New York Times referred to as the “Family Unfriendly Act,” would have given workers, including low-wage workers, leave time that could be used with their families — at the expense of their overtime pay grade. Private-sector employees who worked overtime or more than 40 hours each week would be able to choose to have leave time, but they would be paid their regular rates when working overtime, rather than overtime pay rates.

“Ayotte’s other actions on women’s rights are similarly dismal, if not surprising. Ayotte has expressed her support for defunding Planned Parenthood in the past, but she also criticized her fellow Republicans last month for attempting to pass a bill that was destined to fail and could have caused a government shutdown. Ayotte also co-sponsored the failed Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed corporations to refuse to provide birth control health coverage for their employees. Still, Ayotte hasn’t done anything for women’s issues that most other Republicans wouldn’t have done — Carly Fiorina, a GOP presidential hopeful, is also anti-choice.”

What New Hampshire is saying:

 Concord Monitor: Letter: Seeing through Ayotte

“Fellow Granite Staters, please do not be fooled by Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s recent tactics with this latest GOP effort to defund Planned Parenthood and possibly shut down the government.

“Make no mistake. A look at Ayotte’s record opens a window that shows a much different image than the one she’s trying to create for herself now that her re-election is fast approaching. Facts don’t change, and once you get beyond her recent sleight of hand, the simple facts are that Ayotte has repeatedly voted to shut down the government and defund Planned Parenthood. The reason for her most recent stunt of a vote is to fool the masses and achieve her goal, which is to get re-elected – something that she’s clearly worried about.”

    Read the full letter here

Concord Monitor: Letter: Weighing Hassan vs. Ayotte

“She has also voted several times to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides critical health services to women, and wants to end traditional Medicare by turning it into a voucher program. She also would take health care away from 100,000 Granite Staters by overturning the ACA. All of this on top of protecting billions of dollars in special tax breaks for big oil companies and companies outsourcing jobs that support her.”

    Read the full letter here.

Concord Monitor: Letter: Ayotte has poor record on women’s health care:

“While Ayotte claims to be a big defender of women’s health, her record demonstrates otherwise. Ayotte has voted right along with her Republican colleagues as they continue, what some have termed, their “war on women.”

“Let’s look at the facts. Ayotte supported the misguided Hobby Lobby decision. She voted multiple times to allow employers to deny women access to contraception. She introduced a sham birth control bill that increased costs for women which, by the way, was opposed by the American Congress of OB-GYNs.

“Ayotte voted repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood and other family planning centers. These centers provide critical health services including breast and cervical cancer screenings.

“While Kelly Ayotte and her backers are desperately trying to rewrite history, they can’t alter the facts. Ayotte has repeatedly voted to block women’s access to health care. She has supported efforts to allow employers to deny women coverage for birth control and other preventative screenings. One would hope that in 2015 a woman no less could do better than that.”

    Read the full letter here.

(Featured image is screen shot from PP video) 

Democrats Launch AyotteFactCheck.com To Expose Ayotte’s True Record

NHDP Launches AyotteFactCheck.Com, A One-Stop Clearinghouse To Track And Expose Kelly Ayotte’s Attempts To Hide Her Real Washington Record

New Website Focuses on Ayotte’s True Record On Undermining The Environment, Making College More Expensive, Blocking Access To Women’s Health And Opposing Efforts To Help Working Families


Concord, N.H. – As part of the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s “Ayotte Fact Check” accountability project, the NHDP today launched AyotteFactCheck.com, a one-stop clearinghouse that will be updated in real-time to track and expose Kelly Ayotte’s attempts to hide her real Washington record. 

After Ayotte’s latest effort this week to rewrite her environmental record that’s even worse than Scott Brown’s, voters can now visit AyotteFactCheck.com to get the facts on Ayotte’s real record of voting to undermine New Hampshire’s natural resources.

In addition to Ayotte’s record on undermining the environment, AyotteFactCheck.com also focuses on exposing Ayotte’s true record on making college more expensive, blocking access to women’s health, and opposing efforts to help working families.

“It’s no secret that Kelly Ayotte is trying to rewrite history when it comes to her record of voting to protect her Washington special interest backers, including voting with the Koch Brothers nearly 90% of the time, at the expense of New Hampshire’s families and small businesses,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “And now with AyotteFactCheck.com, Granite Staters have a one-stop destination where they can find all the latest facts on Ayotte’s attempts to hide her real Washington record.”  

The NHDP also today launched the Ayotte Fact Check Truth Team, giving voters the opportunity to receive real-time updates in their inbox so they can help push back against Ayotte’s latest efforts to hide her true Washington record.

“Granite Staters can tell a real record from a calculated P.R. campaign, and we won’t let Ayotte get away with trying to mislead voters to save her political career,” added Buckley.

Visit AyotteFactCheck.com for more details on Ayotte’s attempts to hide her real Washington record.

Maggie Hassan Announces Her Run For US Senate Against Kelly Ayotte

Maggie Hassan Pledges to Take Her Bipartisan Approach, Common Sense, and Commitment to Problem-Solving to the U.S. Senate

Concord – Pledging to take her bipartisan approach, common sense, and commitment to problem-solving and results to the Senate, Governor Maggie Hassan today announced her candidacy to represent New Hampshire in the United States Senate.

Click here for Maggie’s full video message to Granite Staters.

“In order to continue working to realize our state’s full potential we need a response from Washington that meets the progress we’re making here at home,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Washington has given in to powerful special interests and lobbyists who rig the system for themselves and against the middle-class, and I believe we can do better for New Hampshire families.”

As Governor, Maggie Hassan has worked to bring people together to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where education and small businesses drive job creation – promoting a business-friendly environment that has New Hampshire’s unemployment rate at the lowest level since 2008.

A determined fighter for New Hampshire families, Maggie believes we need a response from Washington that meets the progress we’re making here in the Granite State.

“Washington has lost its way on too many of the priorities that matter to New Hampshire. You can count on me to take my bipartisan approach, common sense, and commitment to problem-solving to the Senate to get results for New Hampshire families,” added Hassan.

New Hampshire College Students Blast Kelly Ayotte’s Attempt to Paper Over Her Dismal Record on College Affordability

Ayotte Has Repeatedly Voted to Cut Pell Grants and Opposed Efforts to Make It Easier to Refinance Student Loans

This Week, Ayotte’s Republican Senate Majority Also Let The Federal Perkins Loan Program Expire

Concord, N.H. – As Kelly Ayotte tries to mislead voters about her record of repeatedly voting to make college more expensive for Granite State students and families, college students across New Hampshire blasted Ayotte for her transparent political ploy. 

Not only has Ayotte voted repeatedly to slash Pell Grants and opposed efforts to make it easier to refinance student loans. But just this week, Ayotte’s dysfunctional Republican Senate Majority let the Federal Perkins Loan Program expire, ending authority for approximately 1,500 colleges and universities across the country to make new low-interest loans.  

Talia Jalette, Saint Anselm College – “The only thing worse than Kelly Ayotte’s record of opposing efforts to refinance loans and slashing Pell Grants is that she won’t even be honest with us about what she’s doing. Not only has she fought against efforts to lower student loan debt, but now she’s trying the sleazy Washington tricks of spinning and misleading voters about record.” 

Travis Bennett, Plymouth State University – “If Kelly Ayotte took a walk around any college campus she would quickly realize how deeply unpopular her positions on making college more expensive are with students in New Hampshire. New Hampshire needs a Senator who will fight to reduce the burden of student loan debt and make it easier on us as we start our careers, not someone like Ayotte who will just pretend to care about our situation when it’s time for an election. College students know how to spot a phony, and that’s what we see in Kelly Ayotte.” 

Andrew Weckstein, Dartmouth College – “The issue of college debt has become a very big deal for students and families, and on this critical issue, Kelly Ayotte has been a complete fraud. In Washington, Ayotte has repeatedly voted to slash funding for Pell Grants, and has attempted to make it more difficult for students to refinance student loans. Senator Ayotte has shown that she is not committed to serving the college students of New Hampshire. As tuition and student debt rises even higher, my message to Ayotte is this: College students won’t forget your votes to make college more expensive. “

Earlier this year, Ayotte voted for the Senate Republican budget that cuts Pell grants by nearly $90 billion (affecting roughly 23,000 New Hampshire students) and ends an expansion of the “Pay As You Earn Program,” which could double the cost of student loan payments for those who had enrolled in the program. Ayotte also voted this year against an amendment that would allow young people to refinance their student loans, which would help 129,000 Granite Staters.

Not to mention that Ayotte also voted to cut Pell Grants for thousands of New Hampshire students in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

On College Affordability, Senator Ayotte’s Record Fails

By New Hampshire Young Democrats Board

One of the most pressing issues for young people in New Hampshire and across the country continues to be the growing burden of student loan debt. It’s painfully clear that the cost of getting a college education is too high. For many, that cost can be prohibitive, barring would-be students looking to build a brighter future for themselves from ever setting foot on a campus. For many others, the only way to attend college is by taking out massive loans and incurring a debt that they will work to pay off for years to come.

The issue of college affordability and student loan debt is something that we hope will play a critical role in the 2016 elections. But, unfortunately, not every politician is serious about tackling this critical challenge for students and their families.

Senator Kelly Ayotte is one of those politicians. We’re confident that, as her re-election nears, Senator Ayotte is going to be paying a lot of lip service to the students and young people of New Hampshire. Given that, we want our fellow young Granite Staters to know the truth about the Senator’s record.

That truth is this: Senator Ayotte has voted, with excruciating regularity, to make college more expensive for New Hampshire students and families. And now, she is trying to use Washington tricks to deceive the voters of New Hampshire about her true record. But her deception won’t work.

Earlier this year, Senator Ayotte voted to cut the Pell Grant program, which gives qualifying low income students financial aid to help them pay for college, by a devastating $90 billion over the next decade.

And Senator Ayotte has voted to cut Pell Grants before – many times. In 2011 she voted for a Republican spending proposal that would have cut $12 million in the Pell Grants program for just New Hampshire, which would have impacted 21,000 Granite State students. Senator Ayotte also voted three separate times for the Ryan Budgets (in 2011, 2012, and 2013) that would all have cut Pell Grants. Each of those votes taken by Senator Ayotte was a vote to make it harder to afford a college education.

Senator Ayotte has also voted to end an expansion of the “Pay As You Earn Program,” an income-driven plan designed to help borrowers avoid defaulting on their loans by capping their monthly loan payments at ten percent of their income. Because of that vote, student loan payments by those in the program stand to double.

If our leaders want a strong, skilled workforce for the 21st century, they should be making college more affordable and accessible. If they want young people to invest in the economy and have the same economic opportunities that their parents did, they should be making it easier for college graduates to pay off their student loan debts. Senator Ayotte has consistently done just the opposite since going to the Senate.

We expect that Senator Ayotte is going to be talking a lot about college affordability in the upcoming election because she will be opportunistically courting young NH voters while trying to distance herself from her voting record. So, we want Granite Staters to know the truth. Despite Senator Ayotte’s best efforts, it won’t take a college math class to see that her record is one of repeatedly voting to make college more expensive for New Hampshire students.

Kelly Ayotte’s Dysfunctional Republican Majority Fails Students, the Environment and 9/11 First Responders

Concord, N.H. – Yesterday, Kelly Ayotte’s dysfunctional Republican majority pulled off a stunning trifecta: managing to fail students, the environment and 9/11 first responders all in a single day’s work.

“There is no question that Kelly Ayotte’s dysfunctional Republican majority is simply not working,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Aaron Jacobs. “Letting any one of these programs expire for students, the environment and 9/11 first responders would have been bad enough, but to let all three expire in one day because of Washington Republicans’ political games is simply mind boggling.”

See below for more details: 

New York Daily News: 9/11 heroes face death as dysfunctional Congress lets Zadroga Act expire

“… a key part of the life-saving bill expired at 12:01 a.m. Thursday when a dysfunctional and gridlocked Congress failed to act to renew it. ‘Stress is not even the word. It’s beyond stress,’ said Poliseno, who is married with two daughters — Olivia, 9, and Victoria, 11. ‘My life depends on this.’”

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Federal conservation fund allowed to expire for first time in 50 years

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund, a pot of federal money filled with offshore drilling royalties used for conservation projects and parks, expiredWednesday, meaning no new money can be deposited into it… The fund, which has never been allowed to expire in its 50-year history, has helped build fishing access sites, city parks and hiking trails… [Tester] said the failure falls on the Republican majority and shows that they don’t care about public access to public lands.”

Nashua Telegraph: Nashua joins Shaheen in conservation support

“Nick Caggiano, superintendent of Nashua’s Parks and Recreation Department, praised the conservation fund for allowing the city to develop new programs and facilities, as well as the ability to maintain and upgrade its current sites. ‘The funding is very important,’ he said. ‘And that’s $1.2 million that I wouldn’t otherwise have.’ In addition to the positives it brings to the city’s green landscape, funding for such recreational projects help attract new residents to the downtown, according to Tracy Hatch of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce.

WSAU: Federal Perkins Loan Program expires without Congressional reauthorization

“The federal government passed their continuing resolution to keep the government running without a partial shutdown Wednesday, but a very popular program did not get an extension. The Federal Perkins Loan Program expired at Midnight.  The Perkins program had been around for 57 years, until Midnight, when it reached it’s sunset date. This program was a revolving loan pool funded by both government and universities that made fixed rate low interest loans to income-eligible students.”

Here We Go Again, Another Government Shutdown.

Image by Brunswyk WikiCommons

Image by Brunswyk WikiCommons

Are we really going to do this again?

In 2013, we as a country endured the 16 day government shutdown that cost taxpayers $24 billion dollars.  Tea Party extremists led by Senator Ted Cruz shutdown the government in a feeble attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

No party or faction inside a party should hold our economy hostage to extract political gains,” said Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO after the conclusion of the 2013 shutdown.

“Federal employees are nobody’s bargaining chip,” said J. David Cox Sr, National President of the American Federation of Government Employees after the 2013 shutdown concluded.

Yet here we are again, less than a week away from yet another government shutdown.  Republicans and Tea Partier’s alike are threatening to shut down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides life saving health screenings and treatment for millions of women across the country.

“With less than two weeks until a possible government shutdown, working families in New Hampshire and across the country just don’t have time for more partisan games and political theater,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster.

“To shut down the government for any reason is irresponsible and reckless,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen at a recent event supporting Planned Parenthood. “It is simply reprehensible. We should not, we cannot let this happen.”

Even my Republican Senator, Kelly Ayotte, is calling for an end to this political grandstanding and threats of shutting down the government.

“The game Congress is playing right now is a dangerous game of chicken. We already know right now what it will take to keep the government open – a clean funding bill. We should not be wasting time on political stunt votes that will only make a shutdown more likely…” said Ayotte. “With that in mind, I cannot in good conscience support a political messaging bill that would risk a costly, harmful shutdown when there is no strategy for success. It’s time to quit the political games on both sides of the aisle. We know what we need to do to keep the government running – so let’s take that vote right now instead of playing political games while the clock ticks down.”

We have to take Senator Ayotte’s statements with a large grain of salt because she has already voted to defund Planned Parenthood and twice voted to shut down the government.

“Since going to Washington, Ayotte has not only voted repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood, but she’s also already voted to shut down the government twice. WGBH’s David S. Bernstein also points out that in 2013, it was only after “taking blame” from independents that Ayotte tried to “publicly position herself” against Ted Cruz’s antics,” wrote the New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Lizzy Price.

We must move out of this bi-annual shutdown cycle that we are currently stuck in.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, who were very vocal during the last shutdown, are condemning politicians for political grandstanding again.

Shutting down the government would have detrimental effects on the National Airspace System (NAS) that “contributes $1.5 trillion annually to the U.S. gross domestic product and the NAS supports more than 12 million American jobs.”  Aside from calling for an end to threat of government shutdowns every two years, they are calling for a new, stable source of funding from the government that would remove the NAS from the effects of partisan budgetary bickering.

“We’ve been asking Congress to establish a stable funding mechanism for the NAS since the last shutdown ended,” said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi. “Yet two years later, we find ourselves in the same situation, where the efficiency of the safest airspace system in the world could be negatively affected due to disagreement over an issue unrelated to aviation. The looming shutdown is further evidence that stable, predictable funding is an essential next step for Congress.”

We need our elected leaders to work together to resolve their differences and put partisan issues aside to keep the government open.  The health and safety of millions of Americans are at risk over this political grandstanding by Republicans in Washington.

Kelly Ayotte Wishes Her DC And Wall Street Special Interests A Happy Labor Day

Concord, N.H. – As Granite Staters prepare to celebrate Labor Day this weekend, it’s important to remember Kelly Ayotte’s record of putting her special interest backers before New Hampshire’s workers and small businesses. 

Since going to Washington, Ayotte has fought to roll back Wall Street reform and protect special tax breaks for big oil companies and outsourcers, while making New Hampshire’s families and businesses pay the price. From voting multiple times against raising the minimum wage and ensuring paycheck fairness to voting to cut Pell Grants and opposing a measure to help young people to refinance their student loans, Ayotte has consistently voted against the economic interests of New Hampshire.

“With Kelly Ayotte’s record of putting her special interest backers before New Hampshire’s families and businesses, it’s crucial that we ensure that next Labor Day is Ayotte’s last as a U.S. Senator,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.   

Sen Kelly Ayotte Says She Is Working For NH Working Families But Votes Say Otherwise

Ayotte Tries To Hide Record Of Voting Against Job Training, Higher Education, And Workforce Development Programs For New Hampshire

Kelly Ayotte today claimed that she understands the importance of workforce development, but since going to Washington Ayotte has looked out for big business and DC special interests, not New Hampshire’s workers and small businesses.    

The truth is that Senator Ayotte is not being honest with us about her voting record. She supported the partisan Republican budget that would slash Pell Grants in favor of tax cuts for the wealthy and DC special interests.

“The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to millions of low-income students who want to climb the economic ladder and further their education. Pell grants cover about a third of public tuition and fees which lowers the cost of college for millions of low-income students. Pell grants have already been cut by $50 billion, but the Republican budget would further cut Pell grants by nearly $90 billion over ten years.” (Budget Blog)

Senator Ayotte also voted to cut vocational trainings and displaced worker aid by millions of dollars.

“H.R.1 also makes cuts totaling $208 million in funding for vocational and adult education programs.  Cuts include elimination of two state grant programs, the Tech-Prep program, and the Workplace and Community Transition program.” (CBPP)

In New Hampshire these programs would be cut by $33.7 million dollars. Cutting job training programs for 1,000 people and leaving 700 more who have already been displaced without any assistance. The WIA Youth Services division would have to cut assistance to 1,100 students in the Granite State as well.

Senator Ayotte also voted against providing assistance to workers who lost their jobs due to outsourcing.

“Kelly Ayotte’s empty rhetoric on strengthening our workforce is nothing but a shameless attempt to hide her record of putting outsourcers and big oil special interests first, while cutting job training programs and Pell Grants that would move New Hampshire’s economy forward,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Kelly Ayotte has always put her special interest backers before New Hampshire’s small businesses and she always will – that’s why her special interest allies are already dumping millions of dollars into our state to try to rescue her vulnerable re-election effort.”

Who is Kelly Ayotte really working for, New Hampshire’s working families, or DC special interests?


NH Voters Strongly Support Planned Parenthood Funding

New Survey Finds New Hampshire Voters Strongly Support Planned Parenthood Funding, Strongly Oppose Potential Government Shutdown

Poll Finds Major Political Liability for Senator Ayotte Due to Her Support for Defunding Preventive Health Care Services at Planned Parenthood

Planned_Parenthood_logo.svgWashington, DC—A new survey conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of Planned Parenthood Action Fund shows that New Hampshire voters strongly support Planned Parenthood despite weeks of outrageous political attacks from anti-abortion extremists and their allies in Congress. The poll found strong opposition to measures like the one the Executive Council approved last week to defund the preventive health services, including cancer screenings and birth control, that Planned Parenthood provides to millions of women in communities across the country; overwhelming opposition to a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood; and major political liability for Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who voted earlier this month to defund these vital health services.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • 66 percent of New Hampshire voters oppose defunding Planned Parenthood’s preventive health services, including 72 percent of Independents.
  • 65 percent of New Hampshire voters do not believe that defunding is justified by the deceptively-edited videos released in recent weeks by anti-abortion extremists.
  • An overwhelming majority of New Hampshire voters (75 percent), including a majority of Republican voters (51 percent), have an unfavorable reaction to the idea of shutting down the federal government to block any funding for Planned Parenthood.
  • 56 percent of New Hampshire voters would be less likely to support Sen. Ayotte for re-election as a result of her vote to defund preventive health care services at Planned Parenthood.
  • Roughly two-thirds of New Hampshire voters (68 percent) want Sen. Ayotte to take a clear stand right now against shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood. And nearly two-thirds of voters (62 percent) would be less likely to support Sen. Ayotte for re-election if she votes to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood.

You can find a memo from Hart Research Associates HERE. You can find the poll’s top lines HERE.

Statement of Geoff Garin, President, Hart Research Associates

“These findings in New Hampshire mirror the findings from our national survey: strong support for Planned Parenthood, strong opposition to defunding, and clear political danger signs for Senators who continue to pursue attacks on Planned Parenthood and an anti-women’s health agenda. Support for defunding Planned Parenthood will take a political toll on Sen. Ayotte, including among voters who otherwise might be inclined to support her for reelection. These results leave little doubt that those who want to lead their party to a shutdown fight over Planned Parenthood are creating the likelihood of a political debacle for the Republican Party brand and for GOP candidates in 2016 reelection battles.”

Statement of Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“Today’s poll makes it clear: American voters continue to stand strongly with Planned Parenthood and reject these transparently political attacks. Voters know who Planned Parenthood is: the nation’s most trusted reproductive health care provider, and the place millions of women, men and young people turn to each year for basic, preventive care such as birth control or cancer screenings. This relentless, month-long campaign by anti-abortion extremists has not swayed voters, instead they see it for what it is: a concerted effort to end access to safe and legal abortion that is well outside the mainstream. As this poll, and the three national polls before it have shown us, there is a political price to pay for politicians who attack Planned Parenthood and get swept up in a race to the bottom on women’s health.”

Statement of Jennifer Frizzell, Vice President, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund

“For fifty years, tens of thousands of New Hampshire women, men, and young people have chosen Planned Parenthood of Northern New England as their healthcare provider. Today’s polling makes it crystal clear that politicians like Senator Kelly Ayotte, who has repeatedly voted for defunding Planned Parenthood, are on the wrong side of public opinion, the wrong side of public health, and the wrong side of history. New Hampshire voters are watching and they will remember in 2016.”

Last year, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England served 41,643 patients, nearly 13,000 of them in New Hampshire.

Planned Parenthood’s non-profit health centers provide a wide range of preventive health care services, and serve a total of 2.7 million patients per year — at least 60 percent of whom benefit from public health coverage programs such as the nation’s family planning program and Medicaid. More than half of Planned Parenthood’s health centers are in rural or medically-underserved areas, meaning that often without Planned Parenthood, our patients would have nowhere else to turn for reproductive health care. More than 90 percent of the care Planned Parenthood provides is preventive, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Approximately 1 in 5 women has relied on a Planned Parenthood health center for care in her lifetime.

The surveys released today follow a national survey with similar findings released two weeks ago. That survey found that 64 percent of voters nationwide, including 72 percent of Independents, do not agree with Congressional Republicans who say that “there should be an immediate vote to end all government funding for Planned Parenthood, including for services Planned Parenthood provides, such as cancer screenings and family planning” because of the videos.


Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in New Hampshire. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including legislative education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy. Follow us on Twitter.

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