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Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund celebrates election of Jack Lewis to the House of Representatives

For Immediate Release: November 9, 2016

Contact:  Johanna Kaiser, Media Relations Manager, (617) 515-0531

 

Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund celebrates election of Jack Lewis to the House of Representatives 

Lewis is committed to improving the health of communities

               

BOSTON – The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF) celebrates the election of Jack Lewis as State Representative of the 7th Middlesex District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Lewis’s election is a victory for women, men and young people who benefit from greater access to health care.

“Jack Lewis is a community leader who understands that access to sexual and reproductive health care and providing comprehensive sexuality education to young people are essential for building healthy communities. He will represent the strong pro-women’s health values of his district by putting patients first, strengthening reproductive rights, and working to remove barriers to health care,” said Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, president of PPAF.

Lewis is an ordained minister and trained sexual health facilitator, and oversaw his congregation’s comprehensive sex education curriculum for teens. He is also the Executive Director of OUT MetroWest, advocating for LGBTQ youth and organizing community engagement and education programs, including around sexual health.  Lewis supports PPAF’s legislative priorities, which are a series of smart sexual and reproductive health policies, including stronger patient confidentiality protections, expanded access to comprehensive sexuality education in public schools, fully funded family planning services, and equal access to safe, legal abortion.

In the weeks leading up to today’s election, PPAF ran a volunteer-driven voter education program through grassroots efforts and digital campaigns to inform voters about where the candidates stand and turn out voters across the state.

Lewis’s victory, along with the success of several other supporters of reproductive rights, underscores recent polling that found 79 percent of Massachusetts voters said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who believes decisions about abortion should be left to a woman, in consultation with her doctor, while 83 percent said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who wants to ban safe, legal abortion.

“In this national political climate, we need bold allies like Representative-elect Lewis to further solidify Massachusetts’s role as a national leader in health care and equal rights,” said Childs-Roshak. “With even more allies in the State House, lawmakers have the opportunity to expand access to sexual and reproductive health care and comprehensive sexuality education, eliminate barriers to vital health care and preventive services, and build healthier communities across the state.”

 

Background:

The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF) is the advocacy and political arm of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM). As a non-partisan entity, PPAF offers all candidates, regardless of party, an opportunity to complete its candidate questionnaire and seek the endorsement of PPAF. PPAF’s 2016 slate of endorsements is available here.

 

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The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF) is the advocacy and political arm of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM). Formed in 1984, PPAF believes that working within the political process is critical to advancing PPLM’s mission to increase access to sexual and reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education for women, men, and families across Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.pplmvotes.org.