Pro-Life Groups Continue Defending New Hampshire Senate Candidate Ayotte

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 8, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Groups Continue Defending New Hampshire Senate Candidate Ayotte

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 8
, 2010

Concord, NH ( — Leading pro-life groups are continuing to come to the defense of New Hampshire Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte. They say charges that she did nothing to stop attorney fees from going to the Planned Parenthood abortion business after a lawsuit are bogus.

As reported on Tuesday, the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group, said Ayotte had no choice but to authorize the payment of Planned Parenthood attorneys fees.

The payment came after the state defended a parental notification on abortion statute from a legal challenge the abortion business filed against it. Ayotte is said, by some pro-life advocates, to have misled the public about the facts of the Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England case before the United State Supreme Court.

Today, the National Right to Life Committee also defended Ayotte.

It told that it wants to "refute recent charges that as New Hampshire attorney general Kelly Ayotte is misrepresenting her pro-life credentials because she was somehow responsible for the defeat of the state’s parental notification law in court."

"Those who charge that Attorney General Ayotte is not pro-life because of the Parental Notification Law court challenge are misinformed at best or, at worst, are playing fast and loose with the facts in an eleventh-hour attack to damage her campaign for the United States Senate," says NRLC state legislative attorney Mary Balch.

"Anyone who actually studies the timeline and the facts will find that Ayotte used her office to vigorously defend the law all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court only to have pro-abortion members of the New Hampshire legislature ultimately repeal the act in the middle of the legal challenge," Balch added.

She told that attorney general Peter Heed was in office when the case was lost in the U.S. District Court. Heed resigned after appealing the case to the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and was replaced by Ayotte.

Ayotte continued the appeals process and, against pro-abortion Governor John Lynch’s objections, appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court — which agreed that the appeals court had erred in its decision and remanded the case to the lower court. The legislature repealed the law during the appeals process in 2007, thus mooting the court challenge, Balch explained.

Regarding the attorneys fees, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph DiClerico ruled Planned Parenthood was entitled to attorneys fees and ordered the state to negotiate a settlement to the matter.

"Ayotte had no alternative but to negotiate the best settlement possible," Balch maintains.

"If we are to see a reversal of Roe v. Wade, our movement must constantly push to enact, and attorneys general must constantly defend, laws that push at its boundaries," Balch added. "Kelly Ayotte did just that when she used every tool at her disposal to protect the rights of minor girls and their parents in New Hampshire. It is unfair and unjust to accuse her of doing otherwise in order to score political points in the final week of her primary campaign."

Ayotte has the endorsement of both the National Right to Life Committee PAC and its state affiliate New Hampshire Citizens for Life PAC.

New Hampshire Citizens for Life Vice President Roger Stenson added that “Kelly Ayotte heroically defended the New Hampshire Parental Notice law when she became Attorney General. Kelly stood up for the parents of New Hampshire against her own Governor and against the new Democrat majority in both houses of the Legislature."

"It was Ayotte’s argument that got the United States Supreme Court to unanimously ‘vacate’ the decisions of the lower courts and ‘remand’ the case for correction by the lower court. That was a victory for New Hampshire and a loss for Democrats who want to do secret abortions on minor girls," Stenson continued

Meanwhile, the SBA List is upping its defense of Ayotte with the announcement of a $150,000 independent expenditure campaign highlighting Kelly Ayotte’s pro-life leadership.

The SBA List campaign includes $50,000 in radio ads, $50,000 in Google web ads and $50,000 in voter mobilization efforts leading up to the Tuesday, September 14th primary.

“Kelly Ayotte’s heroic efforts at the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of 37 parental involvement laws on the books across the nation that help protect children from abortion,” SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said.

“She showed courageous leadership when she stood up for New Hampshire parents and fought to protect young girls from abortion despite facing a hostile environment fueled by a Democratic governor and unfriendly state legislature," she told

Dannenfelser said Ayotte actually helped ensure taxpayers did not pay even more money to the abortion business in the lawsuit.

“Ayotte made a judgment call that potentially saved New Hampshire taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars by complying with a court order to pay the legal fees of Planned Parenthood," she said. “Had Ayotte appealed, it is likely that the higher court would have ruled against her, resulting in taxpayer dollars going to pay even more Planned Parenthood legal fees.”

“Kelly Ayotte’s past actions are those of a pro-life heroine, and she has committed to be one as a United States Senator. She is 100 percent committed to protecting women and the unborn at the federal level, especially fighting to ensure that our tax dollars don’t fund abortion, and that’s exactly the message we’ll be getting out through our campaign in the days leading up to the Republican primary," the pro-life women’s leader continued.

Related web sites:
National Right to Life –
NRLC memo on Ayotte –
SBA List –


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