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2020:

September:

September 21, 2020

Planned Parenthood Votes Sends Warning to Joni Ernst: Don’t Fill Justice Ginsburg's Seat Before 2021

Minutes after the nation learned the tragic news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, voters in Iowa heard from Sen. Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) campaign.

September 20, 2020

Martha McSally’s Commitment to Vote for New Trump SCOTUS Nominee Seals her Fate in November

Just hours after the nation learned the tragic news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, unelected U.S. Sen. Martha McSally (R-A.Z.) stated that, against Justice Ginsburg’s last sentiments, the U.S. Senate should vote on President Trump's next nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. 

September 19, 2020

Planned Parenthood Votes Sends Warning to Daines: Don’t Play Politics with SCOTUS Seat  

The last time there was a Supreme Court vacancy, which took place nine months before a presidential election, Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) said, “the U.S. Senate should exercise its constitutional powers by not confirming a new Supreme Court justice until the American people elect a new President and have their voices heard.”

September 19, 2020

Planned Parenthood Votes Sends Warning to Gardner: Don’t Fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Seat

The last time there was a Supreme Court vacancy nine months before a presidential election, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) said, “the next President ought to choose the Supreme Court.”

September 19, 2020

If Thom Tillis Confirms A Trump SCOTUS Nominee, Voters Will Remove Him From Office

U.S. Sen.Thom Tillis (R-NC) didn’t let 24 hours pass before he declared that, against Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s last sentiments, he would work to confirm her replacement with a President Trump nominee.

September 19, 2020

Senators Who Move to Fill Justice Ginsburg’s Seat Before 2021 Will Answer to Voters

Planned Parenthood Votes and our volunteers will ensure country elects Senate majority committed to the constitutional right to control our bodies and lives

September 10, 2020

WE DECIDE 2020: Planned Parenthood Votes Launches Most Far-Reaching Electoral Program in Montana

Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations kick off 2020 Montana electoral program in earnest to mobilize supporters across the state to vote for champions for reproductive health

September 9, 2020

TRUMP REPORTEDLY KNEW HOW DEADLY COVID-19 WAS IN EARLY FEBRUARY AND INTENTIONALLY LIED TO THE PUBLIC 

Today, Bob Woodward released an audio recording of a February conversation where Trump confirmed that COVID-19 was deadly, airborne and highly contagious — a stark contrast from what Trump long told the general public, when he went as far as calling the pandemic a hoax.

September 9, 2020

Trump Wants to Take Over Supreme Court With Justices Hostile to Reproductive Rights

Today, in a transparent attempt to play to his base and distract from a bombshell report that Trump purposely downplayed the severity of COVID-19 pandemic, Donald Trump released a shortlist of potential, additional Supreme Court nominees should he be re-elected for a second term — making clear that he aims to redesign the court in his image during another four years in office.

September 3, 2020

What’s At Stake: Trump Announces He’d Make Attacking Abortion Access, Including “Defunding” Planned Parenthood, a Second-Term Priority

Today, Donald Trump promised leaders of the anti-abortion movement he would make attacking access to safe, legal abortion a second-term priority.

September 3, 2020

Planned Parenthood Votes Will Organize Voters in North Carolina While Pence, Tillis, Forest Continue to Attack Reproductive Health Care  

While Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Thom Tillis, and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest visit a “crisis pregnancy center” in Raleigh, Planned Parenthood Votes will work to turn out voters to elect reproductive health champions up and down the ballot; Gateway Women’s Care CPC “falsely ties abortion to breast cancer”

September 2, 2020

Women-led Progressive Electoral Groups Announce Coordinated Effort to Support Sen. Harris Against Racist, Sexist Attacks 

Democratic super PAC PACRONYM, in collaboration with EMILY’s List’s independent expenditure operation, WOMEN VOTE!, Black PAC, and Planned Parenthood Votes today are announcing a collaborative advertising and messaging effort to shore up support for the Biden/Harris ticket, with a particular focus on countering ongoing racist and sexist attacks against Sen. Harris.

September 1, 2020

ICYMI: Mike Pence Holding NC Event at a Clinic That Falsely Ties Abortion to Breast Cancer

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence will visit Gateway Women's Care, one of thousands of so-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” (CPCs) across the country.

August:

August 28, 2020

Planned Parenthood Votes Celebrates the Black National Convention & the Political Force of Black Women

Today, Planned Parenthood Votes celebrates the inaugural Black National Convention and honors the work of Black women — the too-often unsung heroes of electoral organizing who have led the charge for change in their communities, and from elected officials.

August 27, 2020

RNC Night 4: Brace Yourself for Trump and his Congressional Enablers 

It’s the final night of the Republican National Convention and we have already seen enough. 

August 26, 2020

RNC Night 3: The Trump-Pence Administration’s Failed Health Policies on Full Display

Halfway through a Republican National Convention featuring misinformation and attacks on reproductive freedom and access to health care, we can expect nothing less from night three. 

August 25, 2020

RNC Night 2: More of the Same Disinformation, Fearmongering, and Stigmatization

The second night of the Republican National Convention speakers will feature more of the same dangerous tactics: disinformation, fearmongering, and stigmatization on sexual and reproductive health.

August 24, 2020

RNC Night 1: Speakers Bring Extreme, Out-of-Touch Views on Reproductive Health Care to Convention

The speakers selected for the first night of the Republican National Convention confirm what we already know - the Trump/Pence administration and its allies are grossly out-of-touch with the American people on reproductive health and rights issues.

August 24, 2020

Interested Parties Memo: Preparing for the Republican National Convention’s False Attacks on Reproductive Health Care

The Trump/Pence administration’s first term leaves speakers at this week’s Republican National Convention little to brag about.

August 19, 2020

WE DECIDE 2020: Planned Parenthood Votes Launches Largest-Ever Electoral Program in North Carolina

Planned Parenthood Votes kicks off $3 million electoral program, aims to mobilize thousands of voters across the state in support of champions for reproductive health

August 19, 2020

One-Year After Planned Parenthood Forced Out of Title X, GOP Senators Continue to Put Birth Control Access at Risk

A year ago today, as part of his comprehensive efforts to block access to Planned Parenthood health centers and “defund” the organization, Donald Trump forced Planned Parenthood health centers and many other providers out of the Title X program, using a cruel and unethical gag rule.

August 19, 2020

WATCH: Planned Parenthood Votes Launches New Video on Reproductive Health Champion Kamala Harris  

Ahead of her Democratic National Convention address, the video showcases Sen. Kamala Harris as a fighter for reproductive rights and health; Video will be supported by ad buy on Facebook and Instagram

August 13, 2020

Trump’s Plan to Win: Immobilize the USPS and Disenfranchise Voters 

Trump plainly admits his intention to prevent voting by mail during a pandemic 

August 13, 2020

WE DECIDE 2020: Planned Parenthood Votes Launches Seven-Figure Electoral Program in Arizona

Planned Parenthood Votes kicks off largest-ever electoral program in earnest, will work to contact more than 600,000 voters across the state to support champions for reproductive health

August 12, 2020

Historic Biden-Harris Ticket Will Bring Reproductive Rights Voters to the Polls

Polls Consistently Show that Voters Want Reproductive Health Champions in Office; Harris, a Champion for Reproductive Health Care, Stands in Stark Contrast to Vice President Pence, Who’s Spent His Career Attacking Planned Parenthood and Reproductive Health.

August 4, 2020

WE DECIDE 2020: Planned Parenthood Votes Launches Seven-Figure Electoral Program in Maine to Elect Sara Gideon

Planned Parenthood Votes kicks off largest-ever electoral program in earnest, will contact more than 100,000 voters across the state to vote for Sara Gideon, reproductive health champions

July:

July 30, 2020

Happy Birthday, Medicare and Medicaid: 55 Years of Surviving Political Attacks on Our Health Care

Planned Parenthood Votes highlights the records of vulnerable senators who have aimed to slash the highly successful health care programs

July 28, 2020

WE DECIDE 2020: Planned Parenthood Votes Launches Seven-Figure Electoral Program in Pennsylvania

PP Votes kicks off largest-ever national electoral program in earnest, aims to mobilize thousands of supporters across the state in support of champions for reproductive health

July 28, 2020

Three Years Later, Senators Must Answer for Their Vote to Repeal the ACA and Defund Planned Parenthood 

Three years ago today, because of the advocacy of millions of people across the country, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump fell one vote short of their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

July 22, 2020

Rubén Díaz Sr. Latest Anti-Abortion Politician to Lose Congressional Bid

Planned Parenthood Votes highlighted Diaz Sr.’s record of opposing abortion and equality in paid ads launched leading up to primary Election Day 

July 15, 2020

Four Pinocchios: Vulnerable Senators Mislead on Their Votes to Eliminate Pre-Existing Condition Protections

"It’s a classic case of buyer beware: Look under the hood of what Daines, Gardner and McSally are selling, and you’ll find a car without an engine."

July 14, 2020

Planned Parenthood Votes Congratulates Sara Gideon on Her Primary Victory in Maine

Reproductive rights champion Gideon poised to take on Sen. Susan Collins after Collins-backed Justice Kavanaugh votes twice against reproductive rights

July 13, 2020

WATCH: Planned Parenthood Votes Launches First Paid Ad of 2020 Presidential Election Excoriating Trump’s Failed Leadership

New digital ad highlights stark differences between the leadership abilities of Joe Biden and Donald Trump

July 8, 2020

United States Supreme Court Endangers Birth Control Access

Trump appointees Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch back ruling that throws birth control coverage into jeopardy

July 6, 2020

FACT CHECK: Steve Daines Tries to Rewrite History on His Votes to Dismantle Montanans’ Health Care

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Affordable Care Act's protections for people with pre-existing conditions and expanded health care coverage are more critical than ever. 

June:

June 29, 2020

Supreme Court Comes Within One Vote of Fulfilling Trump and Senate Republicans' Goal of Dismantling Abortion Access

With 16 abortion cases one step from the Supreme Court, and a president and Senate bent on packing the courts, everything is on the line in November

June 26, 2020

ICYMI: Trump's Judges "Restricting Abortion as Much as They Can" and "Likely Will Continue to Do So"

This week, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) led a Senate Republican majority in confirming Trump's 200th lifetime judicial appointment, packing our courts with ideologues that could impact people's reproductive and civil rights for generations.

June 26, 2020

Trump Administration Files Brief in Dead of Night Urging United States Supreme Court to Overturn Affordable Care Act

Trump redoubles efforts to "terminate health care" even as COVID-19 deaths and positive cases continue to soar in the United States; Trump is backed in his crusade by senators who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and continue to call for its termination

June 18, 2020

ICYMI: Trump Threatens to Confirm More SCOTUS Justices if He's Re-Elected

The stakes are higher than ever as the Supreme Court prepares to issue a decision in a case that could open the floodgates to abortion restrictions across the country

June 17, 2020

Planned Parenthood Votes Releases New Digital Ads Hitting Candidate Rubén Díaz Sr.'s Stance Against Abortion and LGBTQ+ Rights

Organization sounds the alarm about Díaz Sr.’s threat to restrict health care access if elected 

May:

May 27, 2020

ICYMI: Trump's Senate Allies Still Have No Plan to Help the Millions of Americans Who Lost Health Insurance During COVID-19

Senate leadership sees "no urgency" as U.S. COVID-19 death toll surpasses 100,000 and an estimated 16.2 million people have lost health insurance once provided by their employer

May 22, 2020

Trump and Senate Leadership Launch Dangerous Political Attacks on Planned Parenthood Health Centers

Latest Trump administration efforts to distract from failed response to COVID-19. As Trump and his accomplices in the Senate pump the brakes on COVID-19 relief for families, they zero in on attacking providers of essential health care during the pandemic. Meanwhile, public health experts warn STI and HIV rates nearing epidemic levels

May 18, 2020

Planned Parenthood Votes, Color Of Change PAC, Community Change Action, Service Employees International Union Launch $30 Million “Win Justice” Campaign to Expand the Electorate in Key Battleground States

During this moment of physical distancing, coalition rethinks how a range of organizing methods could have the greatest impact in elections this November. Partnership marks massive collaboration among leading progressive groups with a strong track record of turning out infrequent voters of color

May 14, 2020

All Senate Democrats File Amicus Brief Defending Affordable Care Act While Trump Works to Overturn it

Show of support for the health care law comes as vulnerable senators in battleground states dodge questions about their records trying to repeal it

May 12, 2020

ICYMI: Martha McSally Sides With McConnell and Trump Over Arizonans, Despite Botched COVID-19 Response

Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) has been quick to side with Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over Arizonans — even defending Trump's devastatingly mismanaged COVID-19 response.

May 7, 2020

ICYMI: Vulnerable Senators Praise Trump's Botched COVID-19 Response Despite Continued Missteps

New reports today show 3.2 million people filed for unemployment last week alone as Trump administration scraps CDC guide for reopening country

May 6, 2020

BREAKING: Donald Trump Announces His Administration Will Urge United States Supreme Court to Overturn Affordable Care Act

As COVID-19 deaths and positive cases continue to soar in the U.S., Trump redoubles efforts to gut the very public health programs needed to respond to this public health crisis

May 5, 2020:

Birth Control Access at Risk at the United States Supreme Court Tomorrow

Supreme Court to consider Trump administration rules that would allow an employer or university to deny birth control coverage due to their own personal objections

April:

April 30, 2020

Martha McSally Tries to Rewrite Her Health Care Record in Misleading Political Ad

McSally’s record of jeopardizing protections for Arizonans with pre-existing conditions speaks for itself

April 28, 2020

ICYMI: Politicians Try to Distance Themselves From Opposition to the Affordable Care Act — After 10-Year Effort to Destroy It

As the pressure on our public health infrastructure mounts, Planned Parenthood Votes will continue to call attention to attacks on the ACA from politicians who have put our health at risk

April 27, 2020

SHOT/CHASER: Mitch McConnell "Slams Brakes" on Next COVID-19 Rescue Bill, But Will Confirm Trump’s Anti-Health Judges

McConnell prioritizes anti-health judicial nominees while at least 22 million Americans file for unemployment insurance and 835,000 test positive for COVID-19

April 16, 2020

ICYMI: With Her Approval Ratings Sinking, Susan Collins "Chides" Trump's Mismanaged COVID-19 Response as "Uneven"

As more than 22 million Americans file for unemployment and more than half a million test positive for COVID-19, Collins still won’t stand up to Trump on behalf of Maine’s families

April 13, 2020

ICYMI: While Trump Tragically Mismanages the COVID-19 Pandemic, Governors Pick Up the Slack

While each day brings new examples of the grave consequences of Trump’s failure to adequately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic — instead repeatedly downplaying its seriousness, failing to supply large-scale testing, and engaging in name-calling against governors and reporters who he perceives as critical — our country’s health care champion governors are picking up the slack.

April 6, 2020

As Sara Gideon Rises to the Challenge of COVID-19 in Maine, Susan Collins Fails Critical Tests to Her Leadership

As the Trump administration fatally mismanages their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, state-level officials like House Speaker Sara Gideon in the Maine State Legislature are rising to the challenge of the moment.

April 2, 2020

Pandemic Priorities: Mitch McConnell & Senate GOP Pump the Brakes on Vital COVID-19 Rescue Bill But Greenlight Trump's Judicial Nominees

As nearly 10 million Americans file for unemployment insurance and at least 100,000 are projected to die from COVID-19, McConnell & Senate Republicans like Cory Gardner can't wait to confirm more Trump judges

March: 

March 23, 2020

On ACA's 10-Year Anniversary, Trump & His Allies in Congress Continue to Attack our Health Care

As the pressure on our public health infrastructure mounts, Planned Parenthood Votes is calling attention to attacks on the ACA from politicians who have put our health at risk

March 17, 2020

Marie Newman’s Victory in IL-03 Shows Undeniable Momentum for Reproductive Rights Champions

In yet another historic victory for reproductive rights champions, Marie Newman — who received the first endorsement Planned Parenthood Action Fund made in the 2020 election cycle — won her primary in Illinois’ 3rd congressional district against anti-reproductive health incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-03). 

March 10, 2020

Lipinski’s Attempts to Defund Planned Parenthood Highlighted in New Planned Parenthood Votes Digital Ad

Planned Parenthood Votes’ ad will highlight Lipinski’s anti-abortion record and target voters in Illinois’ 3rd District before Election Day

March 10, 2020

Thom Tillis Can’t Be Trusted to Protect North Carolinians’ Health & Rights

It’s time for Tillis to lose his job

March 2, 2020

Supreme Court Case on Affordable Care Act Solidifies that Health Care Access is at Stake this November

The challenge to the Affordable Care Act, backed by the Trump administration and Republican politicians, could end the law as we know it — including its protections for pre-existing conditions, no-copay birth control, and Medicaid expansion

February: 

February 25, 2020

Reproductive Rights and Health Care Shamefully Excluded from Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

Abortion and reproductive rights ignored just days before the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a monumental abortion case

February 19, 2020

Democratic Presidential Candidates Denied Opportunity to Talk About Abortion at Democratic Debate

Days before the Nevada caucuses and only two weeks before Super Tuesday, the presidential candidates at tonight’s debate were denied the opportunity to outline their plan to protect and expand access to reproductive health care, including safe, legal abortion

February 13, 2020

Trump Administration Admits They Want to Repeal the Affordable Care Act But Have No Replacement Plan

This week in hearings on the President’s budget of massive health care cuts, Acting OMB Director Russell Vought and HHS Secretary Alex Azar admitted that if the Trump administration gets their wish and the Affordable Care Act is dismantled, they have no plan to deal with the massive loss of health coverage and protections that would ensue. 

February 7, 2020

Democratic Presidential Candidates Voice Strong Support for Abortion Access in the Days Before New Hampshire Primary

Mere days before the New Hampshire primary, Democratic presidential candidates took the opportunity at tonight’s debate to discuss their support for reproductive health care and rights, and the importance of nominating judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade. 

January:

January 22, 2020

As Roe v. Wade Marks Its 47th Anniversary, Politicians Aim to Gut It

Planned Parenthood Votes will work to ensure these politicians are held accountable by voters in November

January 21, 2020

VERY DISAPPOINTED: Susan Collins No Longer Protects Mainers’ Reproductive Health Care and Rights

Mainers deserve a U.S. senator who will fight for their reproductive health and rights, every day and without fail. 

January 16, 2020

WE DECIDE 2020: Planned Parenthood Votes Launches ‘We Decide’ Electoral Program

Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations kick off election year by mobilizing supporters around the country, launching electoral website WeDecide2020.org

January 14, 2020

Discussion of Abortion Indefensibly Ignored in First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate of 2020

Mere weeks before the Iowa caucuses and during the first Democratic debate of 2020, discussion of abortion access and how the candidates would roll back the Trump administration’s attacks on reproductive rights was indefensibly ignored.

January 2, 2020

BREAKING: Members of Congress Urge Supreme Court to Further Erode Abortion Rights

Sens. Tillis, Ernst, Cornyn, and other anti-abortion politicians sign amicus brief asking SCOTUS to reconsider Roe v. Wade in upcoming abortion case as support for Roe hits an all-time high

2019

November:

November 27, 2020

ICYMI: “The Polls Are Clear:” Supporting Abortion is a Winning Issue for Candidates in 2020

From the extreme abortion bans sweeping the country to the Supreme Court hearing its first abortion case since Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the stakes for abortion access have never been higher — and it’s motivating voters to support candidates who will protect and expand abortion access.

November 20, 2019

Democratic Presidential Candidates Pledge to Protect Reproductive Health Care in Georgia

During tonight’s Democratic debate in Atlanta, Georgia, presidential candidates pledged to protect and expand reproductive health care, including access to safe, legal abortion, if elected.

November 19, 2020

ICYMI: “Why Reproductive Justice Must Be Front And Center During Democratic Presidential Debate In Georgia”

Rep. Park Cannon (HD-58), a state legislator representing Atlanta, wrote an op-ed in Essence urging the historic all-women moderator panel to engage the presidential candidates on their positions on reproductive rights and reproductive justice — including access to abortion — at tomorrow’s presidential debate in Georgia.

November 5, 2019

Planned Parenthood Celebrates Sweeping Wins for Reproductive Rights in Kentucky and Virginia

Anti-Abortion Extremist Matt Bevin Loses Governor’s Race in Kentucky; Virginia Flips Both Legislative Chambers to New Historic Reproductive Rights Majorities

October:

October 15, 2019

Democratic Presidential Candidates Take a Bold Stand for Abortion Access at Ohio Debate

Democratic candidates lay out their plans to fight for reproductive freedom at a time when abortion access hangs in the balance like never before

October 9, 2019

Planned Parenthood Votes Launches its Largest-Ever Electoral Program to Help Reproductive Freedom Champions Win Up and Down the Ballot in 2020

Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations announce a historic investment of at least $45 million in key targeted states to help win elections from the White House to statehouses