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PP Votes! RI PAC Endorses Sandra Cano for State Senate District 8
February 7, 2018 By
Planned Parenthood Votes! RI PAC is pleased to announce its endorsement of Sandra Cano in the special election for the Rhode Island State Senate District 8.
PPV!RI PAC supports candidates by educating and mobilizing voters to ensure Rhode Islanders know what is at stake for reproductive rights, health care and access to that health care.
As it states on Sandra Cano’s campaign website, she is running because “our state is at a crossroads. It’s time to push ahead with new ideas and new energy and make sure that no one is left behind.”
“With the most radically anti-women’s health President and Congress in memory running Washington, it is more important than ever for Rhode Island to ensure that abortion remains safe and legal,” said Amy Black, Chair of PPV!RI PAC, “Sandra Cano is a strong, passionate voice for reproductive freedom and is exactly the type of leader these times demand.”
Sandra is the first Latina to hold elected office in Pawtucket, having been elected to the Pawtucket School Committee in 2012. In 2014, Sandra was elected to the Pawtucket City Council, where she has fought hard for her constituents. Sandra is a strong supporter of reproductive freedom, including access to affordable contraception; age-appropriate, comprehensive sexual education; and the right to safe and legal abortion
With the election of Donald Trump, and the ascendency of the radical anti-women’s health leadership in the US Congress (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan), it is more important than ever for Rhode Island to elect bold, progressive leaders who will protect the fundamental freedom of individual choice.
Recent polling from the PEW Research Center shows that Rhode Island residents support keeping abortion safe and legal by a 2-to-1 margin.
Despite this clear public support, in 2016, NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Rhode Island an F rating on its annual women’s reproductive rights report card – the same grade as Texas, South Carolina and Oklahoma. The RI House and Senate were labeled “anti-choice” by NARAL. According to The Guttmacher Institute, Rhode Island is the only New England state to be labeled as “hostile” to abortion rights.
Additionally, the Rhode Island State Constitution says, in Section 2 (equal protection and due process) that “Nothing in this section shall be construed to grant or secure any right relating to abortion or the funding thereof.” This language is a key reason Rhode Island must pass the Reproductive Health Care Act (S 2163/H 7340), which would explicitly legalize abortion in the state in the event of future action by the U.S. Supreme Court that might overturn Roe v. Wade.
The Democratic primary will be held February 27, 2018. The General election is scheduled for April 3, 2018.