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Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund Amplify Campaign to Educate Wake County Voters about Tom Murry’s Dangerous Agenda for Women

Posted in: Elections, NC by igodinez on September 11, 2014 | No Comments

Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund Amplify Campaign to Educate Wake County Voters about Tom Murry’s Dangerous Agenda for Women

Four-Part Mail Campaign Targeting over 6,000 Households

Contact:  Melissa Reed, Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund: 919-924-1520
For Immediate Release: 9.11.14

In North Carolina House District 41 there is a compelling case to be made against Representative Tom Murry around the issue of women’s health. His votes to defund Planned Parenthood, which limits the ability for women to access birth control, life-saving cancer screenings, and other services, as well as his effort to force women to undergo invasive transvaginal ultrasounds before opting to end a pregnancy – even one that resulted from rape or incest – is in lock step with the Tea Party agenda that North Carolinians loathe.

Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund is launching a four-piece mail program to hold Representative Murry accountable for his anti-women’s health voting record. Four mail pieces will be delivered to swing voters as well as a broader list of Democratic base targets beginning the week of September 22.

In addition, Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund will be implementing a “boots on the ground” strategy; knocking on 5,900 doors and making 4,744 calls in House District 41 to talk to voters directly about what’s at stake for women’s health in this election.

“This election is too important for North Carolina women to sit on the sidelines. That’s why we will be at the doors, on the phones and in mailboxes to educate women in House District 41 about the high stakes for women in this election and mobilize them on Election Day,” said Melissa Reed, Vice-President of Public Affairs of Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund.

BACKGROUND

Tom Murry: Out of Touch with North Carolina Women and Families.

Tom Murry would deny North Carolina women and families access to Planned Parenthood: He has repeatedly supported efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, ignoring the lifesaving preventive care like cancer screenings and STI testing that health centers provide to more than 25,000 women, men and young people in North Carolina.

Tom Murry would impose his extreme beliefs about abortion on women and their families: He opposes safe and legal abortion and voted for the deeply unpopular abortion restrictions tucked into an unrelated motorcycle safety bill. He also worked to pass one of the most extreme mandatory ultrasound bills in the country – a measure designed to shame and judge women.

Tom Murry denied over 500,000 North Carolinians access to health insurance by refusing to expand Medicaid. He voted not to expand Medicaid in North Carolina under the Affordable Care Act, effectively cutting over 500,000 of NC’s poorest and most rural citizens out of receiving expanded health care services, and closed many of NC’s rural hospitals.

[Murry Voting Record 2011-2012 Session & 2013-2014 Session]

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Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central North Carolina are non-partisan, not-for-profit organizations formed as the advocacy and political arms of Planned Parenthood in North Carolina.   The Action Funds engage in educational and electoral activity including legislative advocacy, voter education and grassroots organizing.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD HEALTH SYSTEMS ACTION FUND NC PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS

Posted in: NC by igodinez on April 24, 2014 | No Comments

The Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund  is excited to introduce our pro-women’s health endorsed candidates for the 2014 primary. All of these candidates are committed to protecting access to health care for women, men and young people and believe that personal decisions regarding pregnancy are best left up to a woman and her doctor, not politicians. Please join us in supporting these champions in the NC May 6th primary. (Early voting is April 24 – May 3)

NEW CANDIDATES 

CARROLL “CARR” IPOCK (SENATE DISTRICT 2, CRAVEN, CARTERET AND PAMLICO COUNTIES)

Carr Ipock has served on the Craven County School Board for 22 years, 20 of them as chairman. Carr’s commitment to public education is what led him to run for the NC Senate. He is a committed supporter of Planned Parenthood and an avid supporter of women’s rights. Carr is a retired chemist.

Jane Smith

Jane Smith

JANE SMITH (SENATE DISTRICT 13, ROBESON AND COLUMBUS COUNTIES)

Jane Smith is a former educator and has recently retired from a 30 year career in real estate. Jane has served as chair of the North Carolina Partnership for Economic Development (NCPED) and North Carolina Economic Development Group (NCEDG) and has been on the board of her local Chamber of Commerce. She is committed to public education and job creation as well as to protecting women’s health care. Jane has been involved with her local Democratic party and political campaigns for years but this is her first time running for public office.

Ray Jeffers

Ray Jeffers

RAY JEFFERS (HOUSE DISTRICT 2, PERSON AND GRANVILLE COUNTIES)

Ray Jeffers has served as a Person County Commissioner since 2008 when he was the youngest county commissioner to ever be elected to office in North Carolina. Since then he has held leadership roles as President of the NC Association of County Commissioners and chairman of the National Association of County Commissioners’ Rural Action Caucus. This seat was formerly held by pro-women’s health legislator Winkie Wilkins who is retiring. Wilkins has endorsed Ray Jeffers’ candidacy.

 

Shelly Willingham

Shelly Willingham

SHELLY WILLINGHAM (HOUSE DISTRICT 23, EDGECOMBE AND MARTIN COUNTIES)

Shelly Willingham served in the NC House from 2002-2003. He has also been on the Rocky Mount School Board and Edgecombe County Board of Elections. He is now retired but previously had a career in real estate. Shelly is running to fill the open seat of pro-women’s health legislator, Joe Tolson and is committed to protecting women’s rights and access to health care in the General Assembly.

Kim Hanchette

Kim Hanchette

 KIM HANCHETTE (HOUSE DISTRICT 49, WAKE COUNTY)

Kim Hanchette is the founder and CEO of Diabetes Management Solutions which provides resources for diabetes self-management to more than 10,000 North Carolinians living with diabetes. As a health educator, she is committed to ensuring that women, men and young people have the information and care they need to lead healthy lives. Kim is a former PTA President as well as past President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and is a member of the North Carolina Diabetes Prevention Task Force.

 

Graig Meyer

Graig Meyer

GRAIG MEYER (HOUSE DISTRICT 50, ORANGE AND DURHAM COUNTIES)

Graig Meyer is a Chapel-Carrboro school administrator and coordinator of the award winning Blue Ribbon mentorship program. He was appointed to this seat last fall when pro-women’s health legislator Valerie Foushee was appointed to the NC Senate. Graig has a background in education and social work and he is committed to protecting public education and women’s rights in the NC General Assembly.

 

Kerry Graves

Kerry Graves

KERRY GRAVES (HOUSE DISTRICT 58, GUILFORD COUNTY)

Kerry Graves has an educational background in criminal justice and social work. He also served in the U.S. Army for four years. He currently runs a small business and provides instruction at local community colleges. Kerry is running to fill the open seat formerly held by women’s health champion Alma Adams and is committed to ensuring her legacy of outspoken advocacy for the 58th district continues.

 

INCUMBENT CANDIDATES

STAN WHITE (SENATE DISTRICT 1, BEAUFORT, CAMDEN, CURRITUCK, DARE, GATES, HYDE, PASQUOTANK, PERQUIMANS COUNTIES)

Stan White

Stan White

Stan White was appointed to this Senate seat in 2011 and was a staunch defender of Planned Parenthood and women’s rights in the legislative attacks throughout the 2011 legislative long session. He was narrowly defeated by just 21 votes in 2012. So, while not technically a current incumbent, Stan White has the legislative record to back-up his pro-women’s health views! He is a former Dare County Commissioner and the owner of Stan White Realty and Construction.

 

 

Clark Jenkins

Clark Jenkins

CLARK JENKINS (SENATE DISTRICT 3, BERTIE, CHOWAN, EDGECOMBE, HERTFORD, MARTIN, NORTHAMPTON, TYRELL, WASHINGTON COUNTIES)

Clark Jenkins has been a member of the NC Senate since 2003. He was outspoken in his defense of women’s rights from the Senate floor throughout the attacks in 2011 and 2013. Senator Jenkins is a farmer in Tarrboro, NC.

 

Gladys Robinson

Gladys Robinson

GLADYS ROBINSON (SENATE DISTRICT 28, GUILFORD COUNTY)

Gladys Robinson is currently serving her second term in the NC Senate. She has been an outspoken advocate for women’s health time and time again on the Senate floor. She is the Executive Director of Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency. Senator Robinson served on the NC Board of Governors for 10 years.

 

Annie Mobley

Annie Mobley

ANNIE MOBLEY (HOUSE DISTRICT 5, BERTIE, GATES, HERTFORD, PASQUOTANK COUNTIES)

Annie Mobley is currently in her fourth term in the NC House. She worked for many years in public housing and adult probation and then eventually with under privileged youth, most recently as a court counselor. Rep. Mobley is now retired.

 

 

Jean Farmer-Butterfield

Jean Farmer-Butterfield

JEAN FARMER-BUTTERFIELD (HOUSE DISTRICT 24, PITT AND WILSON COUNTIES)

Jean Farmer-Butterfield is in her sixth term in the NC House and is an outspoken champion for women’s health on the House floor. She was the first African-American woman to be elected to the NC House of Representatives. Rep. Farmer-Butterfield is a former teacher and currently works as a consultant and health and human services professional.

Michael Wray

Michael Wray

MICHAEL WRAY(HOUSE DISTRICT 27, HALIFAX AND NORTHAMPTON COUNTIES)

Michael Wray is in his fifth term in the NC House. He currently serves in the leadership as House Minority Deputy Leader. Rep. Wray is a small business owner in Gaston, NC.

 

 

 

Pricey Harrison

Pricey Harrison

PRICEY HARRISON (HOUSE DISTRICT 57, GUILFORD COUNTY)

Pricey Harrison is currently in her fifth term in the NC House. She continues her family’s legacy of public service and commitment to progressive causes. She is a legislative leader on environmental issues and has fought against all the recent attacks on women’s rights.

 

ABOUT US

The Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund  is a pro-choice advocacy organization.  The Action Fund mission is to advance and defend reproductive freedom for all.  We elect pro-women’s health leaders, lobby mercilessly, AND continue to be there for the women, men, and young people who rely on us everyday.

We achieve our mission by educating, organizing, and mobilizing pro-choice voters to help elect candidates who support reproductive freedom.

The Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund ( a separately incorporated, funded, and operated entity) has been standing up for women and families in North Carolina since 2008.

How You Can Help:  Donate Now to help us return pro-women’s health majority to the NC Legislature.