WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, a national pro-life political action committee, announced its endorsement of Kelly Ayotte, candidate for U.S. Senator for New Hampshire.
“New Hampshire families deserve the pro-life feminine leadership Kelly Ayotte has already demonstrated in her position as New Hampshire’s first female Attorney General,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List Candidate Fund. “Kelly is committed to rescinding taxpayer funding of abortion in health care. She has expressed her strong determination to be a vocal advocate for women and unborn children in abortion debates on the floor of the U.S. Senate.”
A new women’s movement which affirms its original pro-life roots is making its way to the U.S. Senate – where there is currently a void of pro-life women – and Kelly Ayotte is one of its brightest new stars. Ayotte will give new life to the pro-life perspective inherent in the early suffragist approach to women’s rights. Elizabeth Cady Stanton perhaps said it best: ‘When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit’ (a letter to Julia Ward Howe, 1873). We are proud to put our political machine – built for the purpose of supporting women like Kelly – behind her candidacy.”
Kelly Ayotte has served the state of New Hampshire for five years as its first female Attorney General. In 2004, she fought an attempt by Planned Parenthood to challenge the New Hampshire Parental Notification Prior to Abortion Act “requiring parental notification before abortions may be performed on unemancipated minors.” The First Circuit court ruled the law unconstitutional but she appealed the case to the Supreme Court, over the objections of the governor, in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Following her aggressive litigation in defense of the law, the Court remanded the earlier ruling, saying that “States have the right to require parental involvement when a minor considers terminating her pregnancy.”
Prior to that, Ayotte served as Deputy Attorney General and helped her husband Joe, an Iraqi war veteran, to create and run a small business.
Ayotte will face Bill Binnie and Ovide Lamontagne in the September 14 Republican primary.
The Susan B. Anthony List plans to spend $6 million on voter education in the midterm elections, including $3 million on key Senate races. The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of over 280,000 Americans, residing in all 50 states, dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics. Its connected Candidate Fund increases the percentage of pro-life women in the political process.
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