The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF) celebrates the victory of endorsed candidate Erika Uyterhoeven in the Democratic primary election for state Representative of the 27th Middlesex District.
Erika is a proven leader in the fight for reproductive rights and health care access. It’s that leadership that sets her apart. As state Representative, Erika will continue to fiercely champion proactive policies like the ROE Act that address health inequities, dismantle barriers to abortion care, and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. Now more than ever, we need bold champions like Erika on Beacon Hill who will push Massachusetts forward and make reproductive freedom a reality in our state.Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, President of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund
To earn PPAF’s endorsement, candidates for state Senate and state Representative must support eliminating medically unnecessary barriers to safe, legal abortion that disproportionately block people of color and people with low incomes from receiving care. They must also prioritize implementing comprehensive sex education, adequately funding family planning programs, and protecting Massachusetts residents from political attacks on health care.
PPAF educated voters in the 27th Middlesex District race, and several other districts with primary races. Despite the physical restrictions imposed by COVID-19, PPAF’s team mobilized grassroots supporters through phone banks and other virtual events. Leading up to Election Day, PPAF volunteers educated voters about candidates’ positions and how to vote safely. PPAF will conduct similar voter education activities in the general election.
The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF) is the advocacy and political arm of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM). Formed in 1984, PPAF believes that working within the political process is critical to advancing PPLM’s mission to increase access to sexual and reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education for women, men, and families across Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.pplmvotes.org.