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Planned Parenthood Action Fund PAC Proudly Endorses Kevin Cavanaugh for State Senate

Granite State’s Largest Women’s Health Organization Cites Cavanaugh’s Strong Commitment to Women’s Health and Access to Care

CONCORD, NH – Today, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC proudly endorses Kevin Cavanaugh, candidate for State Senate, District 16. The special election, following the death of first term Democratic state Senator Scott McGilvray, will take place July 25, 2017. Senate District 16 includes the towns of Dunbarton, Bow, Hooksett, Candia and Wards 1, 2 and 12 in Manchester.

Kevin’s priorities include working to ensure that all Granite Staters have access to affordable, quality health care, including speaking out strongly to support Medicaid expansion. As a State Senator, he will fight for ensuring that Planned Parenthood remains a place for women, men, and young people to seek quality, affordable care in the Granite State.

“Kevin Cavanaugh has pledged to be a champion for women’s health, and Senate District 16 deserves to have a strong advocate to preserve reproductive health and rights,” said Jennifer Frizzell, Chair, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC. “As a community leader in our state’s largest city, Cavanaugh recognizes the importance of safeguarding access to quality reproductive health care services. As a State Senator, we know that women and families in District 16, and across New Hampshire, will have a strong voice and advocate in Kevin Cavanaugh.

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund PAC,” said Kevin Cavanaugh.  “I’m proud to fully support the work that Planned Parenthood does in advancing reproductive rights and protecting access to quality, affordable health care services for the 11,000 women, men, and young people of the Granite State who depend on this care. The work that Planned Parenthood does in our community is essential in keeping us healthy and safe.  As a State Senator,  I look forward to supporting Planned Parenthood patients, and I will always fight to protect access to care.”

Bipartisan Group Of Legislators Honored At Planned Parenthood Celebration

Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC Honors Republican, Democratic Leaders For Work to Safeguard Women’s Health Care Access


Rep. Takesian, Rep. Sherman, Jennifer Frizzell, Senator Stiles, Senator Kelly

 Outgoing Senators Stiles and Kelly, Representatives Takesian and Sherman Recognized for Bipartisan Commitment to Reproductive Health and Abortion Access

CONCORD, N.H.–Thursday night, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC held its annual celebration to honor legislative leaders whose commitment to women’s health are a reflection of  New Hampshire’s widespread support for Planned Parenthood and abortion access. PPNHAF PAC recognized Senator Nancy Stiles (R-Hampton), Representative Charlene Takesian (R-Pelham), Senator Molly Kelly (D-Harrisville) and Representative Tom Sherman (D-Rye) for being vocal and reliable advocates for the health of New Hampshire’s women and families.

In New Hampshire, women’s health does not divide people along party lines. Support for abortion access is higher in New Hampshire than any other state in the country with 73 percent of residents in favor of a woman’s right to make her own health decisions. A recent Public Policy Polling poll also found an overwhelming majority of Granite Staters support funding for Planned Parenthood and are unlikely to support a candidate who has voted to defund it.

Colin Van Ostern, who received the early endorsement of PPNHAF PAC to be New Hampshire’s next governor, attended the event and recognized that without women’s health champions at all levels of government and on both sides of the aisle access to care could be put in jeopardy. As an Executive Councilor, Colin Van Ostern fought to implement the state’s bipartisan Medicaid Expansion law and secure funding for Planned Parenthood while his opponent, Chris Sununu, cast votes to block both.

“This month we will mark the 100 year anniversary of opening of the first Planned Parenthood health center. Incredibly, 100 years later, we are still fighting to protect this critical health care provider and a women’s right to make her own health decisions from political attacks. Women’s health care access is not guaranteed and we should never take it for granted that is why we are so grateful to have legislative leaders who are willing to stand up for Planned Parenthood,” said Jennifer Frizzell, Chair of Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC.

Background on PPNHAF PAC’s Legislative Honorees

  • Senator Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton: As a three-term state representative and three-term state senator, Nancy Stiles has been a reliable and unwavering advocate for Planned Parenthood and women’s health. While chair of the Senate Education and Health and Human Services Committee Senator Stiles helped shepherd critical legislation expanding family planning coverage in New Hampshire’s Medicaid program and on multiple occasions she helped defeat legislation that would have restricted the teaching of comprehensive sex education in New Hampshire schools. She also stood up against the attempt by her Republican colleagues to establish fetal rights through dangerous personhood legislation. Prior to her election to the state legislature, Nancy Stiles served as a school nutrition director and observed how important access to family planning is for women’s economic empowerment and academic advancement.
  • Senator Molly Kelly, D-Harrisville: Senator Molly Kelly began her career in public service in 1998 as an appointee of Governor Jeanne Shaheen to the State Commission on Women. She ran for Senate in 2006 against former Senate President Tom Eaton who had betrayed a pledge to his constituents and used his leadership role to allow New Hampshire’s first ever abortion restriction to be enacted. During her tenure as a member of both the majority party and the minority party she was a constant advocate for women, for their right to control their destiny through educational opportunities, reproductive freedoms and family-friendly economic policy. In the 2011-2012 legislative session, when the pro-women’s health Senators were outnumbered by the anti-women’s health Senators by a margin of 7-17 , Molly Kelly quietly and diplomatically worked behind the scenes to help ensure that 5 very threatening piece of legislation died on the Table, or went to Interim Study, but did not become law. In the years since then she has championed proactive legislation and spoken out every single time women’s health was in jeopardy.
  • Representative Charlene Takesian, R-Pelham: Charlene Takesian served two terms as a state representative and held key committee roles which helped to safeguard reproductive rights. As a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Takesian was a vocal and well-versed advocate for Planned Parenthood, helping to educate her peers on the critical role Planned Parenthood health centers play in the lives of women and families across New Hampshire.
  • Representative Thomas Sherman, D-Rye: During his two terms, Rep. Sherman used his expertise as a doctor and commitment to women’s health to ask hard questions of proponents of anti-women’s health legislation and provided a leadership voice on the Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee. During his tenure, he helped to defeat a bill that would have made medication abortion more difficult to obtain and pushed for the passage of Medicaid Expansion.

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