FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26th, 2016
Florida Planned Parenthood PAC endorses Smith for FL House District 49
Smith says Tallahassee needs more feminists who support reproductive rights
ORLANDO, FL – Democratic candidate for Florida House District 49, Carlos Guillermo Smith, rolled out a major endorsement Thursday morning for his campaign to win back the competitive 'UCF seat' for Democrats in November. In an email to supporters, Smith announced the endorsement from Florida Planned Parenthood PAC.
Barbara Zdravecky, Board Member for Florida Planned Parenthood PAC offered the following statement:
“To protect access to safe and legal abortion, it is imperative that pro-reproductive health candidates represent us in Tallahassee. Carlos Guillermo Smith is a fierce advocate for reproductive health and rights and is committed to ensuring that all Floridians have access to comprehensive sexual health education and a full range of reproductive health options. Florida Planned Parenthood PAC is honored to endorse Carlos as the best candidate in the FL House District 49 race.”
Smith worked closely with legislators and reproductive rights advocates in his role as Equality Florida's Government Affairs Manager during the 2016 legislative session to oppose unconstitutional Texas-style legislation restricting access to safe and legal abortion. In January, he penned an op-ed in the Watermark outlining the strong connections between reproductive rights and LGBT equality.
Smith offered the following statement:
“I love Planned Parenthood and the health care they provide women in our state. As a proud gay and Latino feminist, I’m honored to have the endorsement of Florida Planned Parenthood PAC. Part of the problem in Tallahassee is we don’t have nearly enough feminists representing us. We’re going to change that in November."
Florida Planned Parenthood PAC is the political arm of Planned Parenthood organizations in Florida and is separate segregated political action committee, which supports state candidates who are pro- family planning and support access to safe and legal abortion.
As a leading advocate for Planned Parenthood health centers, the Florida Planned Parenthood PAC is a trusted messenger for reproductive health. For almost a century, Planned Parenthood health centers have provided preventive health care to millions of women, men and young people, earning the nation’s confidence and trust.
More than 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood health centers do nationally is life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention, testing and testing of STDs, breast health services, pap tests and sexual health education. One in five American women has visited a Planned Parenthood affiliate health center in her lifetime.
In Florida, Planned Parenthood has over 450,000 supporters who care about reproductive health issues.
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