CONCORD -- Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) volunteers and supporters are wrapping up a year of attending Presidential primary events and asking candidates to articulate their plans to protect and expand access to reproductive health care throughout the country. Volunteers attended nearly 50 candidate events throughout the state and took more than 70 selfies with candidates showing they stand with Planned Parenthood.
Volunteers involved with PPNHAF’s Pink Out Program asked questions covering the spectrum of reproductive health care issues, including addressing abortion stigma, plans to defend abortion rights, combatting misogyny, and the dangers of abortion bans.
Going into the First in the Nation Primary on Feb. 11, nearly all of the Democratic candidates have promised to protect reproductive rights as president, and many of them have articulated detailed plans to expand access to reproductive health care -- including abortion -- so that everyone can access the reproductive health care they need no matter their income or zip code.
Statement from Kathleen Bell, PPNHAF volunteer from Hanover:
“I’m so thankful to have played a vital role in pushing presidential hopefuls to expand on their reproductive health access plans in a way that our country has never seen before. Most candidates are making their plans to expand and protect access to sexual and reproductive health not only a part of their campaign, but a cornerstone of it. I’ve had an opportunity to see 10 presidential hopefuls and ask many of them questions that have helped me decide who to vote for next week. And I know I’m not alone. From what I have seen at campaign stops, it’s clear to me that voters are enraged with the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on our reproductive health and rights and are ready to vote for a reproductive rights champion.”
Statement from Kayla Montgomery, Director of Advocacy and Organizing for Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund:
“We are now seeing presidential hopefuls use their platform to not only push back against dangerous rollbacks of our health and rights, but also to talk about their plans to advance sexual and reproductive health in our country. These presidential candidates know that the stakes have never been higher for reproductive rights and they are ready to usher in a new era of bodily autonomy. The voices of our supporters over the last year has helped shape the national narrative on this issue: Presidential hopefuls know voters want more than just a candidate who says they will protect Roe v. Wade -- they want a candidate who will always stand with Planned Parenthood and will prioritize the advancement and expansion of reproductive health and rights for everyone, regardless of income or zip code.”
Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the national action fund of Planned Parenthood, has not made an endorsement in the 2020 presidential election.
In descending order: Pete Buttigieg and Penny Pandolfi from Concord, Sen. Kamala Harris and members of the Planned Parenthood Generation Action Team at Dartmouth College, Seacoast volunteer Sierran Lucey with her mom and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Upper Valley volunteers with Sen. Amy Klobuchar.