Women’s Health & Economic Opportunity
“I will always fight to ensure that women have the freedom to make their own health care decisions and live as free and equal citizens in our country.” – Senator Hassan
Senator Hassan has consistently worked to ensure that women receive fair and equal treatment in all aspects of their lives, which includes equal access to health care, protections in the workplace, and access to resources and support in the event of sexual harassment, assault, or misconduct.
Senator Hassan will always fight to protect a woman’s constitutionally protected right to choose if and when she wants to start a family and to chart her own destiny. Senator Hassan has led efforts in the Senate to protect Title X family planning centers, such as Planned Parenthood, which provide family planning services for low-income patients and serve more nearly 18,000 Granite Staters annually, with Title X supported Planned Parenthood centers serve 60 percent of those individuals. The Senator is also strongly opposed to efforts to implement the domestic gag rule, which would undermine women’s access to critical health services at Title X funded centers.
To help improve maternal health, and address the unacceptable maternal mortality and morbidity rates in communities throughout the United States, Senator Hassan supports legislation to increase affordable access to maternal care in rural and underserved areas in New Hampshire and across the country.
Additionally, in order for women to fully participate in our society, they must be given equal protections in the workplace. Senator Hassan joined in reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and pay inequity. Senator Hassan also supports creating a universal, gender-neutral paid family and medical leave program so that no American is forced to make the impossible choice between making ends meet and having the necessary time to care for a loved one or navigate a personal health crisis.
Senator Hassan is also working to help prevent sexual violence and help survivors seek justice – whether the crime occurs at school, at the workplace, or somewhere else. The Senator supports bipartisan legislation to reform the way colleges and universities address and report incidents of sexual assault that take place on their campuses. Furthermore, the Senator is working to get much-needed resources to state and local law enforcement agencies so that they can better conduct forensic analysis of crime scenes, including untested rape kits. Senator Hassan has also worked to secure millions of dollars in grant funding for organizations in New Hampshire that support victims of sexual assault.
Senator Hassan will continue fighting to ensure that all women are treated equally, have the full rights that they are entitled to under the Constitution, and can fully participate in our economy and society.
June 09, 2021
( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in introducing the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). The legislation would guarantee a pregnant person’s right to access an abortion-and the right of an abortion provider to deliver these abortion services—free from medically unnecessary restrictions that interfere with a patient’s individual choice or the provider-patient relationship.Read More
May 25, 2021
WASHINGTON - The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today advanced bipartisan legislation that Senator Maggie Hassan joined in introducing to improve maternal health outcomes for pregnant and postpartum women. The bipartisan Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act aims to reduce maternal mortality rates and address health disparities that disproportionality impact women who live in rural areas and women of color.Read More
May 19, 2021
Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join Colleagues in Urging Biden Administration to Reverse Gag Rule and Implement New Title X Rule to Restore Family Planning Services
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen joined their colleagues in urging Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra to quickly finalize the proposed rule for the Title X family planning program that would reverse the Trump Administration’s gag rule. Earlier this year, Senator Hassan helped lead more than 150 of her colleagues, including Senator Shaheen, in the Senate and the House in calling on the Biden administration to begin the process of reversing the Trump Administration’s gag rule which had severely curtailed access to family planning and sexual health services.Read More
May 10, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined in introducing the Veteran Families Health Services Act of 2021, comprehensive legislation that would, among other things, ensure that service members’ and veterans’ fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), and counseling are covered by their health benefits.Read More
April 26, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan helped reintroduce the Child Care for Working Families Act, a comprehensive bill to ensure that hard-working families have access to affordable, high-quality child care and preschool.Read More
April 20, 2021
Following Revealing Report, Ernst, Pappas, Hassan, and Hinson Take Action to Crack Down on Sexual Harassment at VA
WASHINGTON - Following the release of a government watchdog report exposing alarming instances of sexual harassment by employees and management failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Representatives Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) and Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) are introducing bipartisan and bicameral legislation to drastically improve policies and oversight and to crack down on harassment at the department.Read More
April 20, 2021
Senator Hassan Introduces Bill to Boost Capital Access for Rural Businesses and Women-Owned Businesses
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today introduced legislation with Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) to expand rural and women entrepreneurs’ access to capital. The bill builds on Senator Hassan’s successful effort to provide support to new businesses in the American Rescue Plan.Read More