New Hampshire Senate Candidate Kelly Ayotte Gets Pro-Life Group’s Okay

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 16, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Hampshire Senate Candidate Kelly Ayotte Gets Pro-Life Group’s Okay

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 16
, 2010

Concord, NH ( — When voters go to the polls in New Hampshire in September to cast their primary ballots, the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group, hopes they will cast their ballot for Kelly Ayotte. She is seeking the Republican nomination against other candidates in a crowded race to replace pro-life Sen. Judd Gregg.

The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund announced its endorsement of Ayotte late Thursday.

"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 the organization.

"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," Dannenfelser confirmed.

Dannenfelser says Ayotte is part of a new women’s movement which affirms its original pro-life roots is making its way to the U.S. Senate. She is one of a throng of pro-life women seeking Senate seats and seats in the House.

Kelly Ayotte is one of its brightest new stars in a Senate that is devoid of pro-life women, Dannenfelser said.

"Ayotte will give new life to the pro-life perspective inherent in the early suffragist approach to women’s rights," she said.

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 Bennie and Ovid Lamontange in the September 14 Republican primary.

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