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In A Pivotal Race For The Country, Kentuckians Choose Real Leadership on Health Care Access 

 LOUISVILLE - Kentucky voters made their voices heard and voted to elect Attorney General Andy Beshear as their next governor. Beshear campaigned on a commitment to stand up for Kentucky values, including increased access to affordable reproductive health care--proving abortion is a winning issue.

Statement from Tamarra Wieder, Public Affairs and Policy Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky (PPAIK):

“The Commonwealth has spoken and chosen to elect a leader who will fight for access to affordable health care, birth control, and safe, legal abortion. Congratulations to Governor-elect Andy Beshear on this victory. Defeating Governor Matt Bevin means more than 1.3 million Kentuckians can sleep well tonight knowing their access to affordable health care is no longer at risk. 

“Despite past trends of low democratic voter turnout, and in the face of misleading and desperate ads from Gov. Bevin, Kentuckians showed up to defend their reproductive freedom this election, reaffirming that the majority of people here want increased access to reproductive care, including abortion. 

“That’s why Planned Parenthood Action Kentucky invested for the first time ever, in a multi-pronged Kentucky centered-campaign to remove Gov. Bevin, who promised to do anything and everything to ban abortion. In the last five years Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky (PPAIK) has grown from 22,000 supporters to more than 75,000 in Kentucky. PP Action Kentucky, mobilized this force to ban Governor Bevin and knocked 5,069 doors, made 39,616 calls, reached more than 154,000 people online, and held events across the state to take back control of our bodies and lives. 

“Planned Parenthood has been fighting for freedom, opportunity, and equality for all across the commonwealth for more than 85 years —we look forward to working with Governor-elect Beshear in the days and months to come to secure those rights.”