SEATTLE — Today, Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) and Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii (PPVNH) announced the endorsement of women’s health champion State Senator Pramila Jayapal for the 7th Congressional District seat vacated by longtime Representative Jim McDermott. Among the competitive field of strong pro-women candidates, Jayapal remained at the head of the pack as a committed advocate for women and families.
“Pramila is a fierce advocate for women and is relentless in her work on comprehensive immigration reform, health care, equal pay and domestic violence,” said Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “Pramila is a passionate progressive who isn’t afraid to take on tough issues and bring people together to enact change. We know that while we can celebrate this week’s victory from the Supreme Court, we must keep up the fight. We need champions like Pramila to stand up against extreme agendas to ban safe and legal abortion and expand access to women’s reproductive health care.”
For more than 20 years, Jayapal leads on issues related to women in Washington state. She directed, ‘We Belong Together’ a campaign to bring a gender lens to immigration reform policy that keeps families together and empowers women.
While in the senate, Jayapal introduced legislation that expands contraceptive access and provides victims of domestic violence with critical resources. She also successfully passed legislation that increases the number of women in the state highway workforce, which includes securing $5.25 million to fund pre-apprenticeship programs. She is also a leader in her work on paid family and sick leave and minimum wage.
She believes strongly in a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions and will continue to fight for expanded access to women’s health care. Recently, she helped ensure that women on Medicaid would have access to multiple forms of contraception.
“We thank Pramila for her steadfast commitment to women and that is why we stand behind her,” said Treasure Mackley, Political and Organizing Director at PPVNH. “During her time in the senate she has kept women at the center of her work and we know she will be a committed advocate in Congress where we expect to see continued restrictions against women.”