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WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Planned Parenthood Action Fund announced its endorsement of 19 sexual and reproductive health champions running for the House of Representatives. These candidates are the Action Fund’s first non-incumbent House endorsements this election cycle: 

  • Arizona: Kirsten Engel, AZ-01, and Raquel Teran, AZ-03
  • California: Lateefah Simon, CA-12, Adam Gray, CA-13, George Whitesides, CA-27, and Will Rollins, CA-41
  • Colorado: Adam Frisch, CO-03
  • Delaware: Sarah McBride, DE-AL
  • Iowa: Christina Bohannan, IA-01
  • Michigan: Curtis Hertel, MI-07
  • Montana: Monica Tranel, MT-01
  • Nebraska: Tony Vargas, NE-02
  • New York: Mondaire Jones, NY-17, and Josh Riley, NY-19
  • Pennsylvania: Ashley Ehasz, PA-01
  • Texas: Michelle Vallejo, TX-15, and Julie Johnson, TX-32
  • Virginia: Missy Cotter Smasal, VA-02
  • Washington: Emily Randall, WA-06

Many of these candidates are running against anti-abortion rights politicians in districts that can be flipped in November. The candidates in the Action Fund’s first slate of non-incumbent House endorsements include several women of color, LGBTQ+ candidates, former Planned Parenthood staff and board members, and former Planned Parenthood health center patients.

“The majority in the House seems to think — despite voters constantly telling them otherwise — that they have a right to control our bodies, lives, and futures,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “Their dangerous views do not reflect the overwhelming majority of people who believe that abortion should be legal and accessible, and that politicians have no place in our personal health care decisions. There is so much at stake in this election: We have an opportunity to reclaim the reproductive rights majority in the House, and we can do that by electing these champions. Planned Parenthood Action Fund is committed to fighting to protect our rights alongside these champions, and all leaders dedicated to reproductive health, rights, and justice.” 

Since the start of this Congress, anti-abortion rights politicians in the House have ignored the will of the people they represent, instead pushing a dangerous, unpopular agenda. They have used essential government funding bills as a vehicle to further attack sexual and reproductive health care, including efforts to “defund” Planned Parenthood, eliminate funding for the Title X Family Planning Program, and ban funding for travel expenses for abortion and other reproductive health care for military personnel and their families. This November, we must elect reproductive rights champions to block anti-abortion rights politicians from their ultimate goal: a national abortion ban.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s current slate of endorsed candidates can be viewed here



Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational, advocacy, and limited electoral activity, including grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and voter education.



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