Planned Parenthood Advocacy Groups Endorse Ruben Gallego in Arizona Congressional Race

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Planned Parenthood Advocacy Groups Endorse Ruben Gallego in Arizona Congressional Race

Washington, DC — Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona (PPAA) announces the endorsement of Ruben Gallego for Congress.

“Ruben Gallego has a spotless voting record on women’s health care at the Arizona State Legislature,” states Bryan Howard, CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona. “His advocacy included support of emergency contraception for assault victims, tireless efforts against denial of public funding for Planned Parenthood and stalwart support for Medicaid expansion.  We look forward to working with him in Congress.”

“As one of the founders of Arizona Men for Choice, and an active member of Catholics for Choice, Ruben is a staunch abortion rights advocate and longtime supporter of Planned Parenthood,” says Jodi Liggett, director of public policy, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona. “In Arizona and across the nation, we continue to see politicians try to dictate when and how women access health care. We are confident that in Congress, Ruben will be a fierce advocate for choice, just as he has been in the Arizona Legislature.”

“Ruben is a visionary leader committed to increasing civic engagement in his community, especially among young people around issues that matter most, like health care,” says Howard. “In Congress, we are confident we will work to protect access to quality, affordable health care to ensure that all Americans, no matter where they live, or how much money they have, are able to get the care they need, when they need it.”

Earlier this year, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund announced the “Women are Watching” (WAW) campaign to educate voters about candidates’ positions on women’s health. Over the last several years, Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations have become a powerful and effective force by educating voters about where their candidates stand on women’s health issues. The majority of Americans and Arizona voters believe that a woman and her doctor, not politicians, should be making health care decisions.

  • Women’s health played the defining role in Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial victory last year in Virginia. He won women’s votes by a nine-point margin — matching Obama’s 2012 advantage with Virginia women, beating Obama’s 2008 advantage with Virginia women by two points, and flipping Republican Governor Bob McDonnell’s eight-point advantage with women that propelled him to victory in 2009. Notably, 20 percent of Virginia voters said abortion was the most important issue in determining their vote, and McAuliffe won 59 percent of those votes.
  • Polling from the 2012 election shows that access to safe and legal abortion, affordable birth control, and basic health care access are motivating voting issues for women, who view them as core economic issues for their families.  An overwhelming majority of women voters trust Planned Parenthood’s political and advocacy organizations when they speak out about issues affecting the health of women.
  • A 2012 post-election report from the Sunlight Foundation on big winners and losers found that the Action Fund had a 98 percent return on investment — having supported 12 winning candidates and opposed 12 losing candidates.

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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 voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona is the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Arizona. It is a non-partisan membership organization whose purpose is to protect and promote sexual and reproductive health and rights in Arizona by educating the public and  public officials about these issues, as well as supporting pro-women’s health candidates for public office.

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“I can’t fathom what motivates some of the crazy policies trying to control what women earn or whether they get access to health care. In Congress, I will fight not only for Paycheck Fairness and access to women’s health care, but also against the offensive ideology of politicians who think they know what’s best for women.”

Ruben Gallego

I’ve been surrounded by strong women my entire life. My three sisters and I were raised by a single mom on the South Side of Chicago. She was an immigrant, and I saw firsthand how hard she worked to make sure her kids would get the kind of opportunities she envisioned for her children. She’s an inspiring woman, and I’m lucky to have another strong woman in my life who inspires me everyday — my wife Kate.

I met Kate at Harvard and knew right away that she was destined to accomplish amazing things. After earning an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, Kate worked on economic development in Phoenix before getting elected to the Phoenix City Council. With all these amazing women in my life, I just can’t fathom what motivates some of the crazy policies that come out of both Washington and the Arizona legislature that try to control what women earn or whether they can access to health care.

Our entire culture should be ashamed that a wage gap exists between men and women. But rather than working to reverse an obvious injustice, Republicans seem committed to the antiquated ideas that are the basis of paycheck disparity. In Congress, I will fight not only for Paycheck Fairness, but also to bring an end to the offensive ideology that allowed wage disparity to become an issue in the first place. In recent years we’ve also seen a disturbing trend of politicians trying to dictate how health care should be administered to women.

When the Arizona legislature recently tried to restrict access to women’s health care through a ridiculous bill blocking women from getting birth control through their insurer, I stood up to fight it. I also fought when the Arizona legislature worked to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides critical health services to millions of women throughout the country.

What is so upsetting about these recent attempts to block access to comprehensive women’s health care — including contraception and abortion — is that these decisions aren’t motivated by science. The only reason these bills exist is cynical politicians who think they gain an advantage by pushing these ideas. Those of us who stand against Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and block access to health care have the facts on our side, and voters see that. But with so many attempts to block access to women’s health care all over the country, we need to remain vigilant in fighting this destructive idea wherever it pops up.

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