By Lindsay Apperson
Does handing out free condoms at a campaign event make up for voting repeatedly to close down family planning clinics and gut the birth control benefit in health plans? No Way!
Earlier this month, incumbent Republican Senator from New Hampshire, Kelly Ayotte handed out condoms at one of her campaign events. She followed up her deceptive campaign stunt with Tweets highlighting her “support” for contraception access.
This is ironic because as a Senator, Ayotte voted six times to strip reproductive health care from the millions of women who rely on Planned Parenthood clinics and constantly attacked the Affordable Care Act even though it has made health care, especially contraceptives, more available to women around the country. She argued that birth control coverage offered by ACA was “not a women’s rights issue.”
Sorry Senator, but distributing a few free condoms is not a real alternative to comprehensive reproductive health care.
Ayotte tried and failed badly at covering up the fact that she has consistently worked against efforts to ensure women’s access to basic reproductive health care services. She has voted to strip federal funding for women’s reproductive services provided by Planned Parenthood, which would leave millions of women without access to crucial health care. She has voted and to eliminate programs that provide breast and cervical cancer screenings for low income women. She has proposed a birth control bill, dubbed a sham by reproductive health experts, that would have forced women to pay $600 more per year in out-of-pocket costs.
Ayotte is also outspokenly anti-choice. During the 2010 Senate Race, she argued that Roe V. Wade “should be overturned.” She is against making abortion available to poor women in the U.S. and opposes assistance for safe abortion care to women in the developing world even in the case of incest, rape or threat to the life of the woman.
And until recently, Ayotte supported Donald Trump for President, and even went as far as to call Trump a role model for children. This is a man who has run a campaign rooted in misogyny and racism. A man who built a career by fat shaming and fear-mongering. It shouldn’t have taken a tape of him bragging about sexually assaulting women to make clear the he was a dangerous charlatan unfit for decent society, let alone the presidency. Yet, even as she scrambled to distance herself from Trump after the release of that tape, Ayotte continued to undermine women by vowing to write-in Mike Pence’s name on November 8. Pence’s devastating record when it comes to women’s rights and other issues is no secret and pretending he is a viable alternative to Trump is nothing but a mockery of the intelligence of American voters.
It’s time for a change
Trump and Ayotte would be disastrous for women and families in New Hampshire, across the United States and, indeed, around the world.
Thankfully, her opponent Governor Maggie Hassan is a fierce advocate for women’s access to reproductive healthcare. She has consistently defended women’s right to abortion and fought for increased access to family planning programs. With anti-abortion crusaders like Ayotte trying to revoke women’s right to make their own reproductive decisions, we need a champion like Maggie Hassan to represent New Hampshire and prioritize women’s health.
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