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Democratic congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill

Planned Parenthood picks Sherrill

National group takes sides in 11th district House primary

By David Wildstein, May 24 2018 10:32 am

Planned Parenthood Action Fund has endorsed Mikie Sherrill for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district.

“Millions of patients around the country rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for birth control, cancer screenings, and other preventive care. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund knows how critical it is to have strong champions for reproductive rights and health care in Congress, especially while the Trump-Pence administration attacks women’s health and rights time and time again,” said Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “We need leaders like Mikie Sherrill who will stand up to make sure GOP leadership in Washington does not put politics ahead of the needs of the people of New Jersey, and we are proud to endorse her.”

The pre-primary endorsement will likely help Sherrill with pro-choice voters in the June 5 Democratic primary.  She faces Tamara Harris, a life coach and businesswoman who has raised more than $600,000 for her campaign.  Alison Heslin, Mark Washburne and Mitchell Cobert are also seeking the nomination for the open seat being vacated by GOP Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen after 24 year.

“We are all too familiar here in New Jersey with what happens when patients go without health care,” said Sherrill. “Governor Chris Christie cut reproductive health programs, and the rate of sexually transmitted infections rose dramatically. We need new leadership in Washington, committed to protecting access to cancer screenings, maternal healthcare, wellness exams, and reproductive freedom in New Jersey. I am proud to have the support of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and I am ready to work hard to get quality and affordable healthcare for all Americans.”

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