Oct 6, 2015 6:24 AM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD – Sen. Kelly Ayotte is touting her efforts to fight for women in the workplace in a new campaign video.
“Women should not have to choose between their jobs and a healthy pregnancy,” said the first term Republican senator up for re-election next year in a video being released Tuesday and obtained by NH1 News.
The video is the first from Ayotte’s campaign since Monday’s announcement by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan that she’ll challenge the GOP senator in 2016 rather than run for a third term in the Corner Office.
“When I was appointed New Hampshire’s first woman Attorney General, I was six months pregnant with our daughter Kate, our first child, and so I understand the challenge of working during your pregnancy,” Ayotte added.
The senator then highlighted the bipartisan legislation she’s co-sponsoring to protect pregnant women from workplace discrimination.
“That’s why I introduced bipartisan legislation to end pregnancy discrimination, to make sure that women can continue to work during their pregnancies, and that employers have to provide reasonable accommodations to their pregnant workers,” Ayotte said.
“This just is common sense. This is about making sure that women have an opportunity to continue working during their pregnancy, to be productive. For employers, it makes a lot of sense that they don’t lose their workforce,” she added.
Ayotte’s record on female issues will be in the spotlight as she runs for re-election. For months, Democrats have slammed Ayotte for being part of what they term the Republicans war on women.
And Monday, in an interview with NH1 News minutes after announcing her bid to challenge Ayotte, Hassan criticized the Granite State’s Republican senator, saying “Sen. Ayotte’s stand against Planned Parenthood, she voted to defund Planned Parenthood. That’s deeply, deeply, concerning.”
But Ayotte said her record on such issues is a fight she welcomes, telling NH1 News recently that “my record on supporting women’s health has been very strong. I have been fighting to make sure that women have more access to mammograms, supported to more access to contraception, more research funding for cancer.. this is an important issue to me”
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