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.
September 21, 2021
Senator Hassan Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Improve Mental Health for New Mothers and Address High Rate of Maternal Suicide
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation today to improve maternal mental health outcomes for pregnant and postpartum patients, including working to address postpartum depression and anxiety, and maternal suicide – which is a leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States.Read More
September 20, 2021
NH Delegation Hosts Press Conference with NH Family Planning Providers Defunded Due to Executive Council Vote
(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) hosted a virtual press conference today with representatives from New Hampshire family planning providers that will be impacted by the New Hampshire Executive Council’s recent vote to terminate contracts for family planning providers across the state. Representatives from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Equality Health Center and Lovering Health Center participated in the press event.Read More
September 17, 2021
In Response to NH Executive Council Vote to Defund Granite State Family Planning Organizations, NH Delegation Urges Biden Admin to Swiftly Award Supplemental Assistance Directly to Impacted Providers
(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a letter with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra calling on HHS to award supplemental grants directly to the New Hampshire family planning providers that were recently defunded by the New Hampshire Executive Council and are not receiving Title X program funds.Read More
September 15, 2021
NH Delegation Slams NH Executive Council Vote Denying Family Planning Funding to Health Care Providers
( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) issued the following statements after the New Hampshire Executive Council voted to terminate multiple contracts for family planning services, which effectively defunds critical services for women’s health providers across New Hampshire, like Planned Parenthood:Read More
August 09, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the United States’ efforts to help end preventable deaths of mothers, newborns, and young children in the developing world. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE).Read More
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