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Blue Mass Group – Why Planned Parenthood Stands with Ed Markey

Marty Walz was a Democratic state rep. for many years, and recently resigned her seat to run Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts.

In just my second week at Planned Parenthood, I’m delighted to join the conversation here about the U.S. Senate race. I wanted to let you know about our endorsement of Congressman Ed Markey.

Congressman Markey has been an unwavering champion for women and their access to health care.

That’s why the Planned Parenthood Action Fund has endorsed Congressman Markey for U.S. Senate.

We saw here in Massachusetts that women’s health was a defining issue in the 2012 elections, and champions for women’s health like Senator Warren were elected across the country. Still, the attacks on women’s health have continued, which underscores the need for Massachusetts to elect Congressman Markey, who, like Senator Warren – as williamstowndem pointed out just this week – understands that protecting access to sexual and reproductive health care is nonnegotiable.

In the last Congress, Congressman Markey voted against several dangerous bills that would restrict access to safe and legal abortion, including a so-called “Personhood” bill.

He understands that personal health care decisions should be left to a woman in consultation with her doctor, her family and her faith – without interference from politicians.

Congressman Markey is a consistent and trusted advocate for women’s access to health care at home and around the world. For that reason, Planned Parenthood’s endorsement should be no surprise. You already heard from our friends at NARAL about why they are also standing with Congressman Markey.