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 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
June 04, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and additional colleagues in introducing the Child Care is Essential Act to address the child care crisis exacerbated by COVID-19. The legislation would create a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund to stabilize the child care sector and support providers in their efforts to safely reopen and operate.Read More
April 30, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led her colleagues in urging additional, robust funding for the Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. The program helps to detect and respond to public health crises’ impact on pregnant and postpartum individuals, as well as infants and young children, in real-time.Read More
February 25, 2020
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan released a statement today after voting against two partisan, anti-choice bills that would infringe on women’s reproductive health rights.Read More
February 20, 2020
Shaheen and Hassan Condemn Republican Efforts in Concord and Washington to Rescind Women’s Reproductive Rights
( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements in response to Republican efforts, both at the state level in New Hampshire and in Congress, to pass dangerous legislation that would infringe on women’s constitutional rights and compromise their reproductive health care.Read More