Move Marks the Action Fund’s First Endorsement in New York City Politics
First of Many Endorsements for the 2009 Elections
New York, NY – For the first time in its history, the Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund (PPNYCAF) has endorsed a candidate in a New York City electoral contest.
The Fund has publically announced its support for New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in her bid for reelection to the New York City Council representing District 3.
“Speaker Quinn has been an unrivaled champion for women's health and safety since her election to the City Council in 1999,” said Joan Malin, President of PPNYCAF “We are proud to announce our support for her in this upcoming election.”
Some of Speaker Quinn’s accomplishments on behalf of the women of New York City include:
- 2002: As Chair of the Health Committee, took the lead in passing package of bills that increased access to Emergency Contraception.
- 2007: As Speaker, launched the “NYC Women First Initiative” to educate New York’s women about major health risks, encourage them to take preventive actions to protect their health, and empower them to take action by expanding and publicizing available resources.
- 2009: As Speaker, championed the passage of the Clinic Access Bill, allowing women to access reproductive health clinics free from threats, intimidation and harassment.
“Although the majority of New Yorkers are pro-choice, we still have anti-choice elected officials representing parts of the city, and our local laws and regulations are critical to protecting women’s access to reproductive health services,” said Matthew Traub, PPNYC Action Fund Chairman. “That’s why the Action Fund believes it is important to get involved in local politics, and help speak for the health and safety of all New Yorkers.”
The Fund plans on rolling out a series of city-wide endorsements for the upcoming 2009 elections in the coming weeks.