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.
December 22, 2020
WASHINGTON - Last night, the Senate passed a year-end government funding package with substantial COVID-19 relief for Granite Staters based on a bipartisan compromise that Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped negotiate. The package also includes a number of other priorities that Senator Hassan fought for, including provisions to help end surprise medical billing, which Senator Hassan has led bipartisan efforts on for the past two years.Read More
December 18, 2020
Following Senator Hassan’s Bipartisan Bills Over Nonconsensual Sexual Videos, Pornhub Announces Changes and Credit Card Companies Block Charges on Pornhub
WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced bipartisan bills to help victims of so-called “revenge porn” sue their perpetrators and to empower survivors of rape and sex trafficking – as well as those whose images are distributed without their consent – to sue pornographic websites including Pornhub. Their bills followed comprehensive reporting from the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof about the immense pain and difficulties of children and individuals whose videos are non-consensually shared on Pornhub.Read More
December 11, 2020
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen with a number of key priorities that they advocated for to support Granite State veterans.Read More
December 11, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released the following statement after Visa and Mastercard announced they would block card charges on Pornhub.Read More
December 09, 2020
Senators Hassan, Hawley, Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Victims of So-Called “Revenge Porn” Sue Their Perpetrators
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation to allow individuals to seek compensation and relief in federal court for the non-consensual disclosure and transmission of intimate images of them, often referred to as “revenge porn.”Read More
- December 09, 2020
December 07, 2020
As More Granite Staters Struggle with Food Insecurity, Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Urging Congress to Invest $6 Billion to Meet Growing Nutrition Needs
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined her colleagues in calling on Congress to invest $6 billion in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in next year’s spending bill. The number of people in New Hampshire struggling with food insecurity has increased an estimated 69 percent because of the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that one in seven Granite Staters is food insecure.Read More