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BOISE – Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii (PPVNH) today announced the endorsement of Paulette Jordan for Governor of Idaho. 


Statement from Mistie Tolman, Idaho State Director for PPVNH:

“Historic numbers of women are running for office, and right here in Idaho we have a historic race for governor where Idahoans have an opportunity to make Paulette Jordan the first Native American governor in the country. Jordan is a champion for reproductive health and rights, and Planned Parenthood Votes is proud to support her run for Governor of Idaho. As we lead the charge against attacks on health care access and reproductive rights, we know Jordan will stand strong in her leadership on important issues for women and families.

 “With an administration hostile to reproductive health care, and local legislators committed to eliminating access, we need a leader in this state who will work on both sides of the aisle and will fight back when the health, freedoms, and rights of Idahoans are being stripped away.

 “Jordan has publically supported protecting reproductive health care, expanding sex education, advancing LGBTQ rights, and supporting immigrant rights. For years, our governor has shown what little respect he has for women and families by signing into law dangerous legislation, including anti-abortion legislation, and backed efforts to “defund” Planned Parenthood. We know that Lieutenant Governor Brad Little will be no different if he is elected. He has not taken a position on Medicaid Expansion, supports efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and holds deeply unpopular views about what people can do with their bodies. We urge supporters of Planned Parenthood across the state to join us in working to elect Jordan as Governor in 2018.”

 The difference between the candidates for Governor could not be more clear: Jordan respects people to make their own health care decisions and doesn’t believe in government overreach when it comes to the personal health care decisions made between a patient and their health care provider. On the other hand, Brad Little co-signed an Executive Order with current Gov. Otter allowing some Idaho health insurance plans to drop some ACA requirements, supports legislation requiring parental consent for minors seeking abortions, and has supported a joint resolution proposing to amend the state Constitution that said “A marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”