Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

BOSTON—The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF) celebrates Tram Nguyen’s election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 18th Essex District. Tram Nguyen is a driven and steadfast advocate for reproductive rights and access to sexual and reproductive health care. Her victory demonstrates Massachusetts voters’ opposition to D.C. politicians’ attempts to dismantle affordable health care. Voters are counting on local leaders like Nguyen to champion their health and rights in the face of these federal attacks.

“For two years, the Trump administration has launched one attack after another on our health and rights. The people of the 18th Essex District sent a clear message tonight – they want leaders like Tram Nguyen who will defend their rights and protect their health care,” said Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, PPAF President. “We were proud to support Tram in her campaign and we look forward to partnering with her to pass bold, new policies that break down entrenched barriers to health care, improve access to sex education, and build a healthier and more equitable Massachusetts.”

Nguyen defeated incumbent Rep. Jim Lyons, who has stood in opposition to women’s health care and reproductive rights for years. Lyons notably led the failed campaign to amend the state constitution to block women with low incomes from accessing safe, legal abortion. That failed crusade was one of his many attempts to undermine access to sexual and reproductive health care in Massachusetts.

Lyons is the most active opponent of Planned Parenthood patients and reproductive and sexual health care in the Massachusetts Legislature. Because of his record, as well as Tram’s exceptional background in dismantling barriers to health care and social services, the 18th Essex district was PPAF’s top priority in the 2018 cycle. Leading up to Election Day, PPAF’s field program mobilized grassroots volunteers to knock doors and call voters in order to educate them about Nguyen’s support for smart policies that improve the health and wellbeing of the communities in her district and her opponents’ extreme views.


This website uses cookies

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors use cookies and other tools to collect, store, monitor, and analyze information about your interaction with our site to improve performance, analyze your use of our sites and assist in our marketing efforts. You may opt out of the use of these cookies and other tools at any time by visiting Cookie Settings. By clicking “Allow All Cookies” you consent to our collection and use of such data, and our Terms of Use. For more information, see our Privacy Notice.

Cookie Settings

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors, use cookies, pixels, and other tracking technologies to collect, store, monitor, and process certain information about you when you access and use our services, read our emails, or otherwise engage with us. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences, or your device. We use that information to make the site work, analyze performance and traffic on our website, to provide a more personalized web experience, and assist in our marketing efforts. We also share information with our social media, advertising, and analytics partners. You can change your default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our Necessary Cookies as they are deployed to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information, please see our Privacy Notice.



We use online advertising to promote our mission and help constituents find our services. Marketing pixels help us measure the success of our campaigns.



We use qualitative data, including session replay, to learn about your user experience and improve our products and services.



We use web analytics to help us understand user engagement with our website, trends, and overall reach of our products.