SEATTLE –– Amid the devastating loss in the presidential election this week, we saw big wins in reproductive health care across Washington state. Voters elected a number of women's health champions to the state legislature, including Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Mike Pellicciotti, Kristine Reeves and Lisa Wellman. We also saw a big victory for endorsed candidate, Pramila Jayapal, who is the first Indian-American woman to hold a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. These results show the importance of women’s reproductive health and rights, sex education and family planning services to Washington state voters and we must elect leaders who support and protect them.
Treasure Mackley, Political and Organizing Director said:
“Congratulations to all of our endorsed candidates on their victories. We are thrilled for these candidates, who ran a strong campaign on an agenda to expand access to reproductive health care. Their victories show us that reproductive health care and sex education are on the minds of voters and by electing these candidates we are demanding our elected officials to protect these rights and access to care and information.”
Across the state, PPVNH helped lead the Our Votes Count coalition with a focus in the 17th, 28th, 30th and 41st legislative districts to engage 85,181 infrequent voters at the door. These voters are often young people, people of color and single women who care about reproductive health and justice, but don’t often vote. The Our Votes Count coalition is a multi-year strategy to boost voter turnout in swing legislative districts and build support around key progressive issues.
Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations helped turn out voters and to move voters toward women’s health champions this election because of our nationwide outreach, our ability to move key swing and base voters, and strong support for our issues.