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.
January 22, 2020
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade:Read More
December 19, 2019
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statements after the Senate passed bipartisan government funding legislation. The package, which also includes key bills and tax fixes that the Senator has worked on, already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and will now head to the President’s desk for a signature.Read More
November 25, 2019
Senator Hassan Meets with Girl Up Club Members at Belmont High School to Discuss Empowering Women and Girls
BELMONT - Senator Maggie Hassan today met with members of Belmont High School’s Girl Up club to discuss the importance of gender equality in all aspects of society, including government. Girl Up is a global movement founded by the United Nations Foundation that provides resources to help young women effectively serve their communities and promote gender equality globally.Read More
November 13, 2019
(Washington) - Today, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and all 47 Democratic Senators in introducing the Senate companion to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The legislation – which would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) through 2024 – includes important updates and reforms to the existing law to ensure women are protected and that survivors don’t face discrimination.Read More
October 31, 2019
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to approve an appropriations bill to fund the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Interior, and additional federal agencies for FY 2020. The bill also includes an amendment from Senator Hassan that instructs the Department of Housing and Urban Development to move forward its analysis of eviction prevention insurance, a part of the Senator’s bill introduced earlier this year to prevent evictions.Read More
August 19, 2019
WASHINGTON - Planned Parenthood announced today that it will pull out of the Title X program due to the Trump Administration’s gag rule that prohibits medical professionals at Title X health centers from providing full and complete information on reproductive health options to their patients. Title X is a federally-funded program that supports health centers that provide reproductive health care, cancer screenings, and other services. Title X funded centers deliver care to nearly 18,000 Granite Staters annually, and Title X supported Planned Parenthood centers serve 60 percent of those individuals.Read More
August 01, 2019
(This week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in introducing a Senate Resolution calling on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to immediately eliminate gender-based pay discrimination between male and female athletes.Read More