FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/4/2014
CONTACT: Jen Aulwes, 651.755.9557
St. Paul, MN – 11/4/2014 - Today, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) Action Fund applauds the re-election of US Senator Al Franken and Governor Mark Dayton. The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President of the PPMNS Action Fund.
“Tonight two of Minnesota’s long-standing women’s health champions were re-elected and we are thrilled.”
“When it comes to equality, Al Franken is one of the U.S. Senate’s leading voices. Since he took office, he’s shown up every day to fight for women and families in Minnesota. He is a tireless advocate and a fearless voice for progress in the US Senate. He came down early and hard on the Hobby Lobby decision, making it clear that a woman’s boss shouldn’t have a say in her birth control. We’re so proud to have him representing us in Washington.”
“Governor Mark Dayton has been a defender of women’s health and economic security since his first day in office. He’s vetoed every horrific attempt to restrict access to safe and legal abortion in Minnesota since during his tenure. He ushered Obamacare – the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation – into Minnesota without hesitation. And, he has expanded Medicaid to tens of thousands of Minnesotans.
“We are also thrilled that Tina Smith will join the Governor as Lieutenant Governor. Tina is a respected leader for women’s rights and economic security issues at the city, state and national level. She’s been a champion in the ongoing effort to break down barriers to economic stability for all women and their families. She’ll be an outstanding Lieutenant Governor.”
“Over the past several months, Planned Parenthood has worked tirelessly to mobilize young women voters and get them to the polls. Young women were critical to the re-election of our women’s health champions in the state and we are so proud to have played a part in that.”
Founded in 1992, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. As the political arm of PPMNS, we mobilize supporters of all parties to defend and increase access to family planning services and fact based, medically accurate sexuality education. We work to inspire and engage citizens to take up the cause of reproductive health and rights through education, electoral activity, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy.