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Trenton, NJ — Today, Planned Parenthood Action Fund congratulated U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., on his reelection to the Senate. Throughout his tenure, Menendez has been an unwavering champion for the critical health care Planned Parenthood health centers provide for 2.4 million patients each year and championed women’s reproductive rights across the globe. Menendez will continue to fight against the harmful attacks that threaten to take away access to the full range of reproductive health care, including safe, legal abortion.  

Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

Sen. Menendez is a longtime supporter of protecting the health and rights of all people. In the Senate, he has fought against every attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, advocated for access to affordable birth control, and championed women’s reproductive rights across the globe. He has co-sponsored legislation that protects a woman’s right to an abortion regardless of what state she lives in, because he understands what’s at stake — no less than women’s ability to control their own bodies and make the most fundamental of decisions: whether or when to become a parent. As the Trump-Pence administration continues to attack our health and rights, it is crucial to have leaders like Sen. Menendez in Washington.

Statement from Triste Brooks, Chair, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey:

Polling shows that 77 percent of New Jersey voters support federal funding for reproductive health care services at Planned Parenthood, and today the voters sent a clear message that they want a Senator who will continue to stand with Planned Parenthood and protect their access to health care.

Sen. Menendez is a steadfast champion for all people and their access to health care, including standing up for women’s reproductive health and rights. As a senator, he has:

  • Co-sponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation to protect a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion by blocking laws intended to restrict access to reproductive health care.

  • Co-sponsored the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act, which would allow all women who receive health care through the military to access all FDA-approved contraception, and require the Department of Defence to develop a comprehensive family planning education program for all service members.

  • Called on the Trump-Pence administration to reverse its decision to end the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate.

  • Signed a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan urging him not to attack Planned Parenthood in order to preserve Planned Parenthood health center’s ability to serve patients covered under Medicaid.

  • Opposed the Trump-Pence administration’s rule rolling back protections for birth control coverage for women.

  • Signed a letter to HHS Secretary Azar seeking answers from the Trump-Pence administration regarding their recent radical and unethical changes to Title X — the nation’s only program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care.

  • Signed a letter to HHS Secretary Azar expressing opposition to the domestic gag rule, which more than 400,000 American citizens, health care providers, and health care institutions have spoken out against. The rule would make it illegal for doctors and nurses across the country to tell their patients how they can safely and legally access abortion, as well as severely restrict access to reproductive health care providers.

  • Fought against Trumpcare – the worst bill for women in a generation – and voted against every version in order to protect health insurance for millions of Americans and preserve Planned Parenthood’s ability to serve patients covered under Medicaid.


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 and electoral activity, including grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and voter education.


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