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Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC Announces Endorsement of Allyson Schwartz for Governor


February 26, 2014

“Allyson Schwartz has a distinguished record advocating for women’s health and rights and will be a strong ally in the Governor’s office.”

Harrisburg, PA: Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC announced its endorsement of Representative Allyson Schwartz in the Pennsylvania Governor’s race today. The Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC is the electoral arm of Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania.

“The Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC is thrilled to announce its endorsement of Allyson Schwartz for Governor,” said Sari Stevens, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates and PAC. “Allyson has a distinguished record advocating for women’s health and economic security and will be a strong ally in the Governor’s office.”

Post-election polling from 2012 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 political and advocacy organizations when they speak out about issues affecting the health of women.

Despite widespread opposition from voters who want leaders to focus on jobs and the economy, the Pennsylvania legislature has become laser focused on attacking women’s access to healthcare and restricting access to safe and legal abortion. In fact, Governor Corbett has signed into law two unpopular and medically unnecessary bills that restrict access to safe and legal abortion for Pennsylvania women. In addition, yet another bill has been introduced requiring unnecessary hospital staffing restrictions on doctors, which could effectively close health centers – another tactic out of the play book of organizations attempting to use such legislation to restrict access to safe and legal abortion services.

“We know that Allyson Schwartz will stand up against these attacks and will fight for women’s access to birth control, preventive health care and reproductive rights in the Governor’s office,” said Stevens.

“We are lucky to have such a strong field of pro-women’s health candidates in the Democratic primary race. Schwartz’s long record of advocacy for women, coupled with her experience of founding a comprehensive women’s health center in Philadelphia, have shown that the women of the Commonwealth and the men who care about them would be well served with her at the helm.”

Tom Wolf, Rob McCord, Katie McGinty and John Hanger have all publicly announced their support for women’s health and rights in the Democratic primary. The Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC endorsed Allyson Schwartz because she has a long and proven track record running a women’s health center and protecting women’s access to health care in Pennsylvania.

According to Schwartz, “It's unacceptable that women are still fighting these battles in 2014 – it’s time for a powerful voice to stand up and say ‘enough is enough’ when legislators try to tell women what healthcare decisions they can make and push for offensive legislation meant only to create obstacles to safe, legal care. And it is certainly unacceptable that a governor’s response to these obstacles is telling women to ‘just close your eyes.’

“I plan on being that voice. We can't afford to go back now. Governor Corbett and legislators in Harrisburg have no place making healthcare decisions for the women of Pennsylvania.”

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The Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC (PPPA PAC) was established in 1994 to elect candidates who advance the Planned Parenthood mission and improve support for reproductive rights among the Executive, Legislative, Municipal and Judicial branches of Pennsylvania government.

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