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 18, 2020
(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the University of New Hampshire (UNH) will receive $2,012,577 to fund three studies to combat child sex trafficking. Specifically, these studies will focus on improving law enforcement’s response to domestic child sex trafficking, assess the effectiveness of support programs for child survivors of sex trafficking and help law enforcement and policymakers better understand and respond to cyber abuse, such as sextortion, and cyber-stalking.Read More
September 10, 2020
Shaheen Leads NH Delegation in Announcing Over $1 Million for Transitional Housing Services that Support NH Domestic & Sexual Violence Survivors
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) over $1 million for New Hampshire organizations to provide transitional housing and other housing assistance to domestic and sexual violence survivors. HAVEN Violence Prevention and Support Services, located in Portsmouth, Epping and Rochester, will receive $625,000 and Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Services will receive $400,000 through the OVW’s Transitional Housing Program.Read More
August 10, 2020
With Domestic Violence Surging Amid Pandemic, Shaheen & Hassan Help Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Close Dangerous Loophole to Protect Domestic Abuse Survivors
( As reports of domestic violence increase across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) in introducing strongly-supported bicameral legislation to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence. The Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act is narrowly crafted to close loopholes that allow domestic abusers to legally obtain weapons. The bill is named in memory of Lori Jackson, an Oxford, Connecticut mother of two who was tragically shot and killed by her estranged husband, who had legally obtained a handgun even though he was subject to a temporary restraining order.Read More
July 14, 2020
Following Call from Senator Hassan, Department of Labor Announces Campaign to Ensure Workers Know Their Rights to Paid Leave Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it will launch a public service awareness campaign to alert workers to their rights to paid leave under a law Congress passed earlier this year, which included paid leave options if an individual or a family member has COVID-19, or if an individual does not have access to child care for COVID-19-related reasons.Read More
June 29, 2020
Senator Hassan Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Strike Down Restrictive Abortion Law in Louisiana
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling to strike down a law in Louisiana that would have drastically limited access to abortion services.Read More
June 23, 2020
Shaheen, Hassan Push to Ensure Survivors of Domestic Violence Can Access Their Economic Impact Payment
( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with a group of 35 Senators, led by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig urging them to take action to ensure that survivors of domestic violence can access their Economic Impact Payment. Domestic violence survivors face unique barriers that can keep them from being able to access their economic recovery rebates they are legally entitled to under the law.Read More
June 17, 2020
WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Paid Leave Working Group Co-Chairs, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), announced that the Working Group will host a roundtable titled “Paid Leave Proposals in the COVID Era” at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18 in room 215 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, with some participants joining in person and others joining virtually. A live stream of the roundtable will be available here.Read More