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2018 Candidate Endorsements

We work to elect lawmakers who are pro-women’s health, who will repeal harmful legislation that only seeks to put Ohioans’ health at risk, and who will support new policies that lift up our women, men, and young people, instead of intentionally bringing them down.

2018 Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio Endorsed Statewide Candidates:

Richard Cordray, for Governor, and Betty Sutton, for Lt. Governor

"The state legislature has pursued a narrow ideological agenda that has hurt womens health programs in Ohio. It defunded Planned Parenthood programs for women's health. It roled back the rule requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage, which has sharply reduced birth rates among teenagers. It has not invested sufficiently in pre-natal care, post-natal care, infant mortality programs, mammograms, and other women's health screenings. Rich and Betty will set a new direction in this key area."

Steve Dettelbach for Attorney General

"As a career federal prosecutor and civil rights attorney, I've spent my career fighting to make sure the law applies to all - that's why I'm so honored to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood. As Attorney General, I'll end the political games and attacks, and always protect a woman's legal right to make her own health care decisions."

Zack Space for Auditor

"Planned Parenthood provides critical resources such as preventative screenings, reproductive care, and family planning services to women and men across Ohio. I'm proud to support such a vital health care organization and am thrilled to have their support in my campaign for Auditor of State. Ohio's Auditor has broad oversight authority in state government, and I intend to do everything in my power to ensure every Ohioan has access to high-quality and accessible health care."

Representative Kathleen Clyde for Ohio Secretary of State

"I am so honored to receive the endorsement of Planned Parenthood. The health care services that Planned Parenthood provides to Ohio women is critcally important - like cancer screenings, preventative care, and other medical care. Protecting these services for the many Ohioans who rely on this access to care has been a priority for me in the Statehouse and it will continue to be as Secretary of State."

Rob Richardson for Treasurer

"Planned Parenthood provides a wide range of affordable, high-quality health services to thousands of women across Ohio. Many lives are saved every year by these preventative measures, which many women would not have access to were it not for Planned Parenthood. Attacks on Planned Parenthood are attacks on all women--especially those in the lower and middle classes. Women should have the freedom to make decisions about their own health. I'm honored to receive this endorsement and will always stand up for equal access and opportunities for women."

2018 Planned Parenthood Action Fund Endorsed Candidates:

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

"Planned Parenthood health centers provide affordable health care, education, and support to thousands of Ohio women and families — a lifeline to many Ohioans who have nowhere else to turn for access to quality care. Thank you to Planned Parenthood Action Fund for your ongoing work advocating on behalf of these families, and for your support of my reelection. Together, we will continue to fight for affordable health care options for all Ohioans and protect the right of women to make their own health care decisions."

Aftab Pureval for the OH01 Congressional District

"The easiest thing in the world is to believe that nothing will ever change. That your voice doesn’t matter. But this has been proven wrong time and time again. From the Civil Rights movement to the Women’s Rights movement, all great causes start with individual people raising their voices. And that’s what’s happening right now at this moment. "

Danny O'Connor for the OH12 Congressional District

"Thousands of Ohio women and families benefit from access to vital health care, including cancer screenings and preventative care, through Planned Parenthoodd. I will always be a partner in the fight for health care and the right of womne to make their own health care decisions."

Rick Neal for the OH15 Congressional District

"Day after day, Members of Congress continue their attacks on the Affordable Care Act and risk the health care of thousands of Ohioans. That needs to end now. The ACA was a good start, but American families need a Congress willing to work together to craft a plan to provide healthcare to everyone — starting with expanding Medicare. In the meantime, we need to protect Medicaid programs that millions of Americans rely on, and move immediately to restore the Children’s Health Insurance Program."

Betsy Rader for the OH14 Congressional District

A good health care system is fundamental to our nation’s future. Betsy believes that every American should have health care that they can reasonably afford, and that no one should be one health emergency away from bankruptcy. Washington needs new leadership so that we can improve on the Affordable Care Act and ensure health care is available at a reasonable rate for every hard-working Ohio family.

2018 Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio Endorsed Ohio Senate Candidates:

Senator Cecil Thomas for District 9

"Planned Parenthood provides high quality, afforable health care. In additional to family planning, it's clinics provides general health care, excellent sex education, emergency contraception, HIV, and other sexually transmitted disease services. It also provides high quality health care for LBGT patients. Cutting services to these clinics removes from the community a vitial service. I strongly believe that a person's decision regarding family planning or health should be left up to the individual and their doctor. It has no place in the legislature."

Representative Teresa Fedor for District 11

"I will continue to fight to protect women’s health care and ensure that women, especially those that are most vulnerable, receive the care they need. Thank you to Planned Parenthood for our partnership in protecting Ohio's women and families.”

Representative Hearcel Craig for District 15

"I believe that all women should have access to high-quality health care. I know that Planned Parenthood works very hard to make sure that all women have that vital access and I thank them for their work on this vital issue."

Senator Sandra Williams for District 21 

"For over forty years, multiple Supreme Court decisions have consistently reaffirmed a woman’s right to make the personal decision to end a pregnancy and continue by saying that states cannot prohibit common abortion methods. As a State Legislator I have fought tirelessly against the regressive Legislative attacks on women and their physicians. I wholeheartedly support and encourage the mental health and well-being of women. I continually fight for a woman’s right to access medical procedures that they and their doctors deem necessary. I support Planned Parenthood because it is a vital organization which provide numerous invaluable resources to women."

Representative Nickie Antonio for District 23

“For the last 8 years I have been a champion for reproductive rights and justice in the General Assembly and continue to raise my voice in opposition to any restrictions to a woman’s constitutional right to privacy and the right to access reproductive health care. I will continue to trust women and stand strong with the women of Ohio.”

Senator Kenny Yuko for District 25

"I have proudly stood beside Planned Parenthood - at rallies, in my office, in both committee and on the senate floor, and most importantly, with my vote. As a son, grandson, husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend, you will always have my support."

2018 Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio Endorsed Ohio House of Representatives Candidates:

Representative Kent Smith for
District 8

"Planned Parenthood is a trusted and reputable Ohio health care provider. They provide cancer screenings, birth control, and complete and medically accurate information about sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, they allow women to make their own reproductive choices by proving constitutionally protected abortion services. Recent data suggests that 46% of Planned Parenthood's Ohio client base is at or below federal poverty guidelines. In other words, half their patient pool can least afford health care offered to them through Planned Parenthood. I am proud to stand with Planned Parenthood."

Representative Janine Boyd for District 9

“More than half of Planned Parenthood’s patients have income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, and more than half of Planned Parenthood facilities are in medically underserved communities. Unlike most health care facilities, Planned Parenthood offers same-day appointments, longer hours, and weekend services, making access to preventive health care easier for people who work nontraditional or long hours. To me, the political attack on Planned Parenthood is not about abortion, when you consider these facts. I stand with Planned Parenthood, and I stand with the men and women who need their services most.”

Representative Stephanie Howse for District 11

"I support Planned Parenthood because they are committed to providing quality and affordable health care for women and men, focusing on reproductive and sexual health care services."

Senator Michael Skindell for
District 13

At the Statehouse, Senator Skindell has advocated for greater consumer protection, affordable prescription drugs and utility costs, preserving the environment, economic opportunities for working families and the poor, universal health care and the development of Ohio's renewable energy resources. He played a key role in crafting the 2007-2008 budget that passed with just one dissenting vote. Senator Skindell has served as Chairman of the Joint Commission on Agency Rule Review and as Vice Chair of the Ohio House Consumer and Economic Protection Committee. He also served as a member of the Civil and Commercial Law Committee, the Finance Committee and its Transportation Subcommittee and the Judiciary Committee.

Representative Nicholas Celebrezze for District 15

"From preventative health care services like cancer screenings to childbirth classes and postpartum exams, Planned Parenthood is an essential part of ensuring access to health care, especially in underserved areas. I applaud the health care experts and doctors who help countless patients day in and day out, and I am proud to support their important work of extending health care access to people in need."

Representative Adam Miller for District 17

"Planned Parenthood is a national leader in the fight for women's rights and the integrity of women's personal health care decisions.  In supporting Planned Parenthood and their legislative objectives, we are supporting not just individual freedoms but strong families and safer communities. I'm proud to stand with Planned Parenthood."

Representative Kristin Boggs for District 18

"I stand by Planned Parenthood because they are a trusted resource that provides women with honest, accurate medical information regarding STDs, contraception, and pregnancy.  Nearly every woman I know has at some point relied on Planned Parenthood for health care services, and it scares me to think about how many women wouldn't receive the care they need if Planned Parenthood wasn't there to serve them."

Representative Richard Brown for District 20

"Importantly, Planned Parenthood provides women with accurate information about their health decisions, allowing women to take control of and care for their health and well-being. Planned Parenthood supports safe and legal abortion procedures. I too support safe and legal medical procedures and efforts to keep it that way. No man can walk in a woman's shoes when it comes to reproductive decisions that are highly personal, complex, and difficult to make. I support the goal of Planned Parenthood to provide information that helps women amke informed health decisions of the most difficult nature."

Representative David Leland for District 22

"For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood health centers have provided the full range of reproductive health services, including birth control and family planning, comprehensive sex education, and access to safe, legal abortion.  In Ohio and across the country, one in five women will rely on Planned Parenthood, as the most trusted reproductive health care organization in the world, for health care in her lifetime. Everyone, regardless of income, immigration status, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity, should be able to make decisions about their health and future with dignity and economic security. I am honored to stand with Planned Parenthood and with women across Ohio – as I have throughout my many years of public service.  Women should have the right to make their own decisions about their private, personal health care, without the interference of politicians’ political agendas."

Representative Brigid Kelly for
District 31

"I'm proud to support a woman's right to make her own choices about her body and her medical care. During my current term, I've opposed restrictions to abortion services, sponsored legislation that would make medically necessary feminine hygeine products exempt from the sales tax (and thereby more accessible to women in our state), and co-sponsored a number of pieces of legislation protecting patients and their access to reproductive care."

Representative Catherine Ingram for District 32

As a public servant, university instructor, realtor, neighborhood leader, mom and grandmother, Catherine knows how much the decisions made in Columbus personally impact all of us. She has been a member of the Cincinnati Board of Education for over 20 years, serving as president and vice president in the mid-90’s. Catherine has served on numerous board committees and, for many years, in a leadership role as Finance Committee chair.

Representative Emilia Sykes for District 34

Representative Sykes has  worked with health care professionals and colleagues to improve public health, increase access to care, and combat Ohio’s high infant mortality rate. Her passion for social justice extends to issues such as voter rights, criminal justice reform, a more efficient social safety net for struggling Ohioans, and an end to domestic violence.

Representative Tavia Galonski for District 35

"Planned Parenthood represents comprehensive health care for Ohio Families. As such, it serves as the educator and health resource for many who often find it difficult to access quality care. My support of planned parenthood is unequivocal and unwavering."

Representative Fred Strahorn for District 39

“As someone who knows that women are smart enough to make their own reproductive choices and choices about their health, I am appreciative of my recent endorsement from Planned Parenthood. I am thankful they are around to help provide a variety of health care services to women who in some cases might not otherwise receive care.”

Representative Michael Sheehy for District 46

"In the long time march for women's equality in American society, Planned Parenthood has been at the forefront for the past 100 years. Reproductive freedom is closely tied to freedom in the work palce, government, and society-at-large. Because Planned Parenthood has fought for women's rights and health, I join that fight to protect those rights we have achieved."

Representative Thomas West for District 49

Thomas is the first African American from Stark County to be elected as a state legislator. Having served on Canton City Council for over ten years, he plans to use his pubic service experience to give a voice to the needs and problems of common, everyday people and local community-based organizations.

Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan for District 58

“Along with defending the right to choose, I share Planned Parenthood’s goal of reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies by ensuring that women everywhere have access to effective and affordable contraceptive services. That is why I am working with Rep. Nickie Antonio to secure passage of HB 248, the Ohio Prevention First Act. This legislation will help prevent unintended pregnancies by significantly enhancing the sexual health curriculum offered in our schools, expanding access to hormonal contraception, and providing additional services to sexual assault victims.”

2018 Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio Endorsed Statewide Issues: