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Heads of Planned Parenthood, NARAL Rally for Hassan

Todd Bookman/NHPR

In a room full of pink t-shirts and balloons, Cecile Richards told students at UNH on Wednesday that Democrat Maggie Hassan will be a strong voice for women’s reproductive rights if elected to the Senate. She also criticized her opponent, Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte, for her votes opposing Planned Parenthood.

Richards also laughed off a recent Ayotte campaign tactic of handing out free condoms to younger voters.

“I’m sorry," she said, "handing out condoms on a college campus does not mean you are actually providing health care to folks in this state.”

 
Richards was joined by Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL, who praised Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her commitment to Roe v. Wade. 
 
Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, also spoke at the event.

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.
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