BOSTON — Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF) endorsed candidates Maura Healey, Kim Driscoll, Andrea Campbell, and Diana Dizoglio won their elections for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and State Auditor respectively, breaking several barriers for women in Massachusetts' statewide elected offices. The victories are a win for reproductive rights and health care access in Massachusetts, with proven champions for abortion access and reproductive freedom beating anti-choice candidates up and down the ballot.
“Tonight's results are a win for reproductive freedom and prove that Massachusetts voters want elected officials who are bold champions for abortion access. Bay Staters turned out to vote for Maura Healey, Kim Driscoll, Andrea Campbell, Diana Dizoglio, and elected PPAF endorsed candidates for several open State House and Senate seats, ensuring that they will have champions on Beacon Hill who will fight for their right to access abortion and other sexual and reproductive health care,” said Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, President of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. “We look forward to working with the Healey Administration and our newly elected state leaders to advance reproductive health equity and improve access to care for everyone across the Commonwealth.”
Healey, Driscoll, and Campbell put abortion rights at the forefront of their campaigns, talking about their commitment to protecting and expanding access to reproductive health care on the campaign trail and standing up for abortion rights on the debate stage.
As Governor, Healey has pledged to use the power of her office to protect abortion rights and remove barriers to care, including fully enforcing Massachusetts’ protections for abortion provider and for patients that receive abortion care in Massachusetts, implementing a mandate that Massachusetts health insurers cover abortion without cost-sharing, taking steps to make emergency contraception more accessible and affordable over the counter, supporting comprehensive and LGBTQ-inclusive sex education, and advancing efforts to protect patients, doctors, and staff at reproductive health clinics from violence or harassment.
Campbell centered reproductive rights in her campaign for Attorney General with concrete plans to use the AG’s office to safeguard access to abortion, including pledging to create a cross-bureau reproductive justice unit within the Attorney General’s Office to protect abortion providers and funds from out of state consequences, enforce data privacy laws, develop new ways to hold crisis pregnancy centers accountable, and defend our laws from legal challenges that may originate in and out of state.
PPAF endorsed candidates for State Senate and House won major victories, including Senator Becca Rausch beating back a challenge from anti-abortion State Representative Sean Dooley, and several candidates running for open seats winning handily over anti-abortion opponents, including Paul Mark, Adrianne Ramos, Simon Cataldo, Kate Donaghue, and Chris Flanagan.