TRENTON, NJ – Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey celebrates landslide wins for champions of reproductive freedom in districts across the state.
“Abortion was on the ballot, and voters understood the stakes,” said Jackie Cornell, executive director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey. “Across New Jersey, voters resoundingly sent a message: protect our reproductive freedom.”
Planned Parenthood organizations in New Jersey made an outsized impact in this election cycle.
- Planned Parenthood NJ Super PAC invested heavily in a mail program in key races - districts 3, 4, 11, 16 and 38 - sending more than 257,000 mail pieces educating voters on the candidates’ positions on abortion access.
- Planned Parenthood NJ Super PAC digital ads were seen more than 700,000 times in districts 11 and 16 in the five days leading up to election day.
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey mobilized volunteers to canvasses in battleground districts, conducted phone and text banks to support get-out-the-vote efforts, and mailed more than 36,000 handwritten voter-to-voter postcards to swing districts.
In key battleground districts, like districts 11 and 16, the candidates who proudly campaigned on their strong records and commitments of protecting and expanding access to reproductive health care have won their races. As election night has unfolded, candidates and analysts alike have agreed that abortion access was a key driver in votes for winning candidates.
Since Roe v. Wade was overturned last summer, New Jerseyans have watched as more than 20 states across the country have restricted or banned abortion outright. This election season, New Jersey voters took action to prevent these attacks from happening in our state – they have elected the candidates who stand for reproductive freedom.
Now, with the election coming to a close and as this current legislative session wrapping up, there is an opportunity for leaders in Trenton to respond to voters’ demands and expand access to the full range of reproductive health care services. Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey will be ramping up advocacy around the Reproductive Equity Act (S2918/A4350), legislation that will protect patients and remove barriers to health care so that all New Jerseyans can exercise their right to reproductive freedom. While this bill was initially developed and introduced prior to the fall of Roe, advocates and legislative champions have worked on amendments to address the needs of patients and providers that have arisen in the past year and a half since the federal right to abortion was overturned. Learn more about the Reproductive Equity Act at www.ppactionnj.org.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey (PPAFNJ) is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) non-profit social welfare organization, and the advocacy arm of the Planned Parenthood Affiliates in New Jersey. We advocate for access to essential health care through education, activism, voter engagement, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy. For more information, visit www.ppactionnj.org.