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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio
For immediate release: March 2, 2020
Contact: Stephanie Kollmann Baker, [email protected], 614-969-9470

BREAKING: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio Endorses First Round of Local Candidates in 2020 Elections

Columbus, OH – Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio (PPAO) is proud to announce their first round of endorsed candidates for state races in 2020.

For years, Planned Parenthood has been under siege from state and national leaders trying to limit or outright eliminate access to reproductive health care, including safe and legal abortion, and comprehensive sexual health education. Now more than ever it is vital that we stand with candidates who stand with Planned Parenthood, and who are committed to guaranteeing reproductive health care for Ohioans, regardless of their income, zip code, or insurance status.

Statement from Bridgette Tupes, Board Chair at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio:

“Ohio is ground zero for irresponsible and dangerous federal and state policy targeting reproductive health care access, education, and funding. Our health care is under constant threat because of the restrictions passed by former governor John Kasich and now Gov. Mike DeWine. We need elected officials who our patients and supporters can count on – who will, without reservation, preserve and invest in reproductive health care and sexual health education for all Ohioans.”

Our endorsed reproductive rights defenders:

Sen. Vernon Sykes, District 28

Rep. Phil Robinson, District 6

Rep. Kent Smith, District 8

Rep. Janine Boyd, District 9

Rep. Terrence Upchurch, District 10

Rep. Stephanie Howse, District 11         

Rep. Juanita Brent, District 12

Rep. Mike Skindell, District 13

Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney, District 14

Rep. Adam Miller, District 17

Rep. Kristin Boggs, District 18

Rep. Mary Lightbody, District 19

Rep. Rich Brown, District 20

Rep. Beth Liston, District 20

Rep. David Leland, District 22

Rep. Allison Russo, District 24

Rep. Erica Crawley, District 26

Rep. Jessica Miranda, District 28

Rep. Brigid Kelly, District 31

Rep. Catherine Ingram, District 32

Rep. Sedrick Denson, District 33

Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, District 34

Rep. Tavia Galonski, District 35

Rep. Casey Weinstein, District 37

Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson, District 44

Rep. Lisa Sobecki, District 45

Rep. Michael Sheehy, District 46

Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, District 58

Rep. Thomas West, District 49

Rep. Randi Clites, District 75

The 30 candidates PPAO has endorsed represent communities all over Ohio that benefit from access to sexual and reproductive health care and education. PPAO represents 23 health centers in both of Ohio’s Planned Parenthood affiliates, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region. More than 80,000 patients received services from Planned Parenthood health centers in Ohio last year.

These endorsed candidates have demonstrated their commitment to defending bodily autonomy for their constituents. We look forward to working with these dedicated civil servants to not only protect, but expand access to reproductive health care in Ohio.


Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio supports advocacy for reproductive health and reproductive rights, including grassroots organizing, community education, and lobbying. www.ppao.org


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