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GOP Senate Nominee: Abortion Decisions ‘Belong’ to GOP ‘Gentlemen’ State Reps


Latest Hampshire GOP Senate nominee Don Bolduc told supporters this week that he thinks the long run of abortion rights “belongs” to Republican “gentlemen” state lawmakers, who he claims know best how you can give women a voice on their reproductive rights.

During a Wednesday night town hall in Auburn, Latest Hampshire, Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general, weighed in on whether he thinks abortion rights needs to be decided on the state level or the federal level.

“It belongs to the state. It belongs to those gentlemen right here, who’re state legislators representing you,” Bolduc said, motioning to not less than two Republican state representatives within the room, Jason Osborne and Jess Edwards.

Edwards, for one, voted against sidelining a bill in March that might have banned abortion upon the detection of a so-called fetal “heartbeat,” a misleading reference to cardiac activity in an embryo. Meaning the bill would have banned abortion after about five weeks, some extent at which many individuals don’t even know that they’re pregnant.

Here’s a shot of Bolduc’s campaign event, with Edwards seated nearby (HuffPost circled him with a yellow line). Bolduc tweeted out this image after the event.

Latest Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc talks about abortion rights at a campaign event.

Don Bolduc’s Twitter account

Bolduc went on to say that “as a person,” he thinks that girls “get the perfect voice” on their reproductive rights when state legislators resolve how you can regulate them.

“That’s one of the best ways, I feel, as a person, that girls get the perfect voice: on the state level, not on the federal level,” he said.

Bolduc said his opponent, Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan, simply doesn’t understand that the perfect method to regulate women’s access to abortion care is on a state-by-state basis.

“She must get on board with the Supreme Court decision” to finish Roe v. Wade, he said.

Here’s an audio clip of Bolduc’s remarks on abortion rights.

Bolduc campaign spokesperson Kate Constantini didn’t reply to a request for comment on why Bolduc thinks abortion rights are best decided by Republican “gentlemen” state legislators, or why he thinks they know best how you can give women “a voice” on abortion matters.

As a substitute, Constantini accused Hassan of lying about Bolduc’s record.

“Senator Hassan shamelessly continues to lie about General Bolduc’s position, attempting to scare voters and distract from her abysmal record,” she said. “The overall opposes a federal ban on abortion and believes this decision needs to be within the hands of the states. Senator Hassan needs to finish the lies and face the undeniable fact that she will be able to now not hide behind her deceit.”

Sydney Petersen, a spokesperson for Hassan’s campaign, said it’s clear that Bolduc thinks politicians know higher than women what’s good for them.

“Every probability he gets, Bolduc reinforces that he believes politicians ― and more specifically Republican men ― should control a lady’s most personal decision about her future,” said Petersen. “His most up-to-date comment further underscores that if elected, he would dismiss half the population and it’s clear that he can be a yes vote for a nationwide abortion ban.”

Hassan has been leading within the polls against Bolduc for months. She has widened her lead to almost 8 points within the weeks since Bolduc became the official GOP nominee.

A recent Axios story suggested that internally, though, her campaign manager is sounding the alarms that polling could also be inaccurate and Hassan could also be in additional trouble than it looks.

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