Concord, NH -- Voters in New Hampshire made their voices heard November 6 and voted decisively to elect reproductive health champion Chris Pappas to the First Congressional District.
Congressman-elect Pappas, who was endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund before the Primary Election, has a long history of being a consistent advocate for Planned Parenthood patients in New Hampshire and maintains a 100% pro-choice voting record. He was motivated to run for and elected to the Executive Council when extremists tried to strip Planned Parenthood health centers of their funding and ability to serve thousands of patients in New Hampshire. Congressman-elect Pappas will also be the first openly LGBTQ member of Congress from New Hampshire.
Pappas’ victory is especially worth celebrating considering reproductive health care is on the line in the Granite State and our country like never before. The Trump-Pence administration and some extreme members of Congress have undermined reproductive health and rights since day one. They attempted to take health care coverage away from 20 million people, tried time and time again to block patients from coming to Planned Parenthood health centers for care, attacked immigrant communities’ access to health care, ended protections for survivors of sexual assault on campus, and allowed providers to deny health care to LGBTQ people. And most recently, they confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Women’s rights are the number one issue driving people to take political action. In response to these attacks, people fought back – marching in the streets, mobilizing their communities, and voting at the polls. It lead to huge electoral victories today.
Quote from Sabrina Dunlap, Vice President of Public Policy, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund.
“New Hampshire voters just sent a clear message to politicians: If you support blocking access to health care, you lose. Congressman-elect Chris Pappas put reproductive health care and reproductive rights in the center of his campaign, promising to protect access to health care for all people in the Granite State – and voters heard him loud and clear. Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsed Chris Pappas for Congress before the primary because access to reproductive health care is on the line in our country and our state. Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund stands ready to continue to work with Congressman-elect Pappas to protect and expand access to reproductive health care in New Hampshire and protect funding for the essential services that Planned Parenthood provides.”
Nationally, Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations made their largest investment ever in a midterm cycle – $20 million in March.Vote.Win – in addition to Planned Parenthood Votes’ partnership with Color of Change PAC, Center for Community Change Action, and SEIU in a joint effort called Win Justice. Through March.Vote.Win., the partnership with the Win Justice coalition, and local Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations, the 2018 electoral program reached 4.5 million voters and made nearly 3 million door knocks.
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