For Immediate Release
January 10, 2020
EMILYs List Statement on New Hampshire GOP Senate Candidate Comparing Abortion to Slavery, 9/11
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List President Stephanie Schriock issued the following statement in response to comments made by New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate, Bill O’Brien, comparing abortion to slavery and the 9/11 attacks. At a meeting in Milford, O’Brien “called the number of abortions performed each day ‘a national tragedy’ that was ‘on par with the national tragedy of slavery that Republicans ended through the Civil War. It's on par with that,’” according to NH Patch. O’Brien also said, “Both the Sept. 11 attacks and the ongoing abortions in our country involve mass murder, though they differ in magnitude. The attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, directly killed 2,977 people. Since Roe vs. Wade was decided, there have been over 60 million unborn children who lost their lives through abortion.” When pressed on those comments, O’Brien doubled down and bragged about his past efforts to defund Planned Parenthood as New Hampshire House speaker.
“Bill O'Brien's comments are offensive and inappropriate, but they're also just another example of his extreme position to restrict women's access to reproductive care. New Hampshire women deserve a senator who is going to expand their ability to get safe and affordable health care, and Bill O'Brien's record shows he would fight to roll back women's access to health care and rubber stamp judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade.”
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