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PPV!RI PAC highlights primary victory
Majority of candidates who support reproductive health care were victorious during the September 13, 2016 primary.
Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, Planned Parenthood Votes! RI PAC and the movement for reproductive freedom had an amazing set of results in Rhode Island’s Democratic primaries on Tuesday, September 13th.
Planned Parenthood Votes! RI PAC:
- Won 10 of 18 primaries in which PPV!RI PAC endorsed a candidate
- Helped elect 7 new voices for reproductive freedom
- Defended 3 of our champion incumbents who faced stiffed challenges
- Defeated 4 anti-choice incumbents
“These results show that voters support candidates who they believe to be champions of reproductive health, rights and access,” said Craig O’Connor, Director of Public Policy & Government Relations with PPV!RI PAC. “As we head into the General Election, Rhode Island is poised to see a major change in the number of legislators who support reproductive health care, including access to abortion, family planning services and comprehensive sexuality education.”
In particular, PPV!RI PAC played major role in:
- Marcia Ranglin-Vassell defeating 24-year anti-choice incumbent House Majority Leader John DeSimone (House District 5)
- Protecting incumbent allies Rep. Teresa Tanzi (HD 34), Rep. Kathy Fogarty (HD 35) and Rep. Anastasia Williams (HD 9)
- Electing new champions including Jeanine Calkin (Senate District 30), Moira Walsh (HD 3), Alex Marszalkowski (HD 52), Jason Knight (HD 67), Susan Donovan (HD 69), and Linda Finn (HD 72).
With the support of volunteers and donors, PPV!RI PAC was able to:
- Talk to over 1,200 supporters of reproductive freedom in 18 districts
- Sen Get Out the Vote post cards and emails to over 1,500 voters
- Knock on doors for 10 candidates
- Support candidates by having volunteers work directly with their campaigns
- With RI Working Families, hold a 4 week Electoral Campaign training program called New Voices which over 40 people attended
Planned Parenthood Votes! RI commissioned a poll which revealed that 48 percent of Rhode Island voters did not know whether their own state legislator supported or opposed a person making their own decision on abortion. An overwhelming 93 percent of Rhode Island voters believe it is important for people in Rhode Island to have access to all of the reproductive health care options available to them. A full 85 percent expressed support for all available options, including abortion.
“The poll shows reproductive health care is considered preventive health care and it is important for people to have access to those services. Rhode Islanders want medical information decided by their health care provider, not by politicians,” said O’Connor . “The idea that Rhode Islanders hold more conservative beliefs about these services and values, than voters do elsewhere, is simply untrue. The intensity and level of support reaches deeply, even with conservative voters.”
Earlier this year, NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Rhode Island an F rating on its annual women’s reproductive rights report card – downgraded from a D+. The RI House and Senate were labeled “anti-choice” by NARAL.
“Rhode Island voters made their support clear during the primary. We fully expect pro-women’s health candidates to be vocal leaders in the General Assembly this year and work to improve the NARAL score,” O’Connor said. “We are confident these candidates will work to preserve and expand access to full reproductive health care services for the people of Rhode Island.”
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
For more information on Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island, visit plannedparenthoodvotes.org
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