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Arizona 2018 Race

Primary Date: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Election Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Senate Candidates

Kyrsten Sinema (D), Endorsed

A tireless fighter for reproductive health. 

I think that most people are tired of politicians dictating to women and their families what should be private, personal health care decisions.

— Kyrsten Sinema

Source: AZ Central

Kyrsten Sinema is a champion for access to reproductive health care and women’s rights who is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Her record is clear: as a member of Congress representing Arizona’s 9th congressional district, she earned a 100 percent rating on Planned Parenthood’s congressional scorecard. As a former Planned Parenthood patient, she knows why Planned Parenthood is so essential to  communities across the country.

For too long, politicians in Arizona have stood in the way of women making decisions about their own bodies. As senator, Sinema will continue to trust women and fight to ensure that health care decisions remain between a woman and her health care provider.

Why We Support Krysten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema on the Issues:

Abortion

Sinema, a member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, has voted “no” on every abortion ban introduced in Congress. Most recently, she voted against a dangerous 20-week abortion ban, stating, “It’s wrong for politicians to use women’s health to score political points.”

Sinema also recognizes that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, and she’s consistently fought  efforts to undermine a person’s right to safe, legal abortion. According to Sinema, “Roe v. Wade establishes a woman's right to make health care decisions with her family and her doctor.”

Access to Health Care

When politicians in Congress attempted to “defund” Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and gut Medicaid — which more than 1.5 million Arizonans rely on — Sinema voted against every version of the bill.

Sinema believes all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care, regardless of who they are or where they comes from. In fact, that’s one of the reasons Sinema supports Planned Parenthood health centers. She says, “Planned Parenthood provides services to women, men, and their families no matter where they live in this country, no matter how much money they have, and no matter what circumstances they’re in.”

Birth Control

Sinema supports people’s access to birth control. This includes voting against attempts to repeal the ACA, which has allowed  more than 62 million women access to no-cost birth control. In 2014, she co-sponsored a bill that would have prohibited employers from interfering in an employee’s health care decisions, including contraceptive coverage.

Sinema has also denounced the Trump administration’s attempts to undermine Title X, the nation’s family planning program that over 30,000 Arizona women rely on to access reproductive health care, including birth control.

Health Equity for All

Sinema is a champion for LGBTQ health and rights. She is a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, has co-sponsored legislation to protect transgender members of the military, and is the first openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

She is also a supporter of immigrant rights. Sinema voted against a bill that would defund sanctuary cities, and co-sponsored a bill would protect DACA recipients from deportation.

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

As a former Planned Parenthood patient herself, Sinema has a firsthand understanding of the vital care Planned Parenthood health centers provide for more than 90,000 Arizonans. She has opposed every attack on Planned Parenthood patients introduced in Congress. This includes voting against bills that would “defund” Planned Parenthood and restrict women’s access to safe, legal abortions at its health centers.

Grand Canyon State voters overwhelmingly support Planned Parenthood, and as senator, Sinema will fight to protect Planned Parenthood health centers and their patients, no matter what.

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