Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund endorses proven advocates for reproductive rights
Contact: Johanna Kaiser, Media Relations Manager, (617) 515-0531
For Immediate Release: May 16, 2018 (Updated: May 16, 2018, 3:23 p.m.)
BOSTON – The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund (PPAF) endorsed 82 state lawmakers for re-election. The slate of endorsed candidates (also attached) includes state Senators and state Representatives who have strong records supporting sexual and reproductive health access and who will continue to prioritize the health and wellbeing of Planned Parenthood patients in the face of unprecedented attacks.
“The stakes have never been higher to elect local lawmakers who believe in a world where everyone has the freedom and opportunity to control their own lives,” Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, PPAF president said. “D.C. politicians are intent on denying people health care, stripping them of their basic rights, and politicizing a woman’s ability to make her own decisions about her body, but Massachusetts has successfully fought back every step of the way. Now, voters have an opportunity to build on this success and safeguard our hard-fought victories by electing sexual and reproductive health allies.”
PPAF endorses candidates based on their voting records, public statements, and their positions on PPAF’s legislative priorities. Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation protecting contraceptive access and patient confidentiality this legislative session. PPAF’s current priority policies include expanding access to comprehensive sex education in public schools, advocating for state funding for family planning services, protecting access to safe, legal abortion, and supporting Planned Parenthood patients’ ability to care for themselves and their families
“The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund is proud to stand with elected leaders who move our state forward. Even in the face of unprecedented federal attacks on reproductive health and rights, Massachusetts has expanded access to affordable birth control and confidential care. Advocacy Fund-endorsed lawmakers have helped make Massachusetts a national leader and they understand there is more work to do to ensure true reproductive freedom for all people, including our young people. As the Trump-Pence Administration abandons proven evidence-based curricula for ineffective abstinence-only programs, now is the time for Massachusetts to step up again to ensure young people receive sex education that teaches them how to lead safe, healthy and meaningful lives,” Childs-Roshak said.
This year, PPAF will run volunteer-driven voter education programs and grassroots efforts informing voters about where candidates stand. Its advocacy and campaign program will be active in every corner of the state to ensure the decisive electoral victories of reproductive health advocates.