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Washington, D.C. — Today, Planned Parenthood Action Kentucky launched a six figure ad campaign focused on what’s at stake for abortion rights in the 2023 Kentucky elections. The first ads, “Wrong,” “Control,” and “Bans,” highlight Gubernatorial candidate Daniel Cameron’s support for Kentucky’s total abortion ban which has no exceptions for rape and incest; his willingness to let states prosecute doctors and nurses for providing essential health care; and his eagerness to ban funding for birth control. 

The majority of Kentuckians support access to abortion. Last year, voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have amended the Kentucky state constitution to explicitly say it does not protect the right to abortion. And recent polling shows that a majority of Kentuckians (62%) oppose banning abortion in all cases.

Statement from Tamarra Wieder, Kentucky State Director for Planned Parenthood Action Kentucky: 

“Abortion is a winning issue in Kentucky. Since the Dobbs decision, we’ve watched voters speak out and make clear with the defeat of Amendment 2, that they do not want politicians making decisions about their bodies, families, and health care, or prosecuting nurses and doctors for doing their jobs. But anti-abortion politicians like Daniel Cameron refuse to listen. Instead, he continues to attack our reproductive freedoms and threaten to further erode our access to basic health care. 

“This is a pivotal moment for abortion rights in our state. That’s why we’re making a historic investment to ensure that voters know exactly where candidates stand and what’s at stake this November. We’re meeting Kentuckians where they are: on their phones, online, YouTube, social media, and more. Extremist, anti-abortion candidates should take these first ads as a warning — when you come for Kentuckians’ rights, they will come for you at the polls.” 

Planned Parenthood Action Kentucky, with Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s support, will continue to hold candidates accountable by rolling out more ads, and showing up for conversations through traditional organizing tactics by canvassing and phone and text banking, until Election Day on November 7. This year’s buy represents a significant increase from the 2019 cycle in which the group advanced paid ads to support pro-reproductive health champions and unseat anti-abortion politicians, including Governor Matt Bevin.