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11-3-2010 – PPAC

Californians reject extremist views, vote for candidates who protect women’s health and choice

SACRAMENTO — California voters once again cast their ballots to protect women’s reproductive health care when they elected Gov. Jerry Brown and re-elected U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, both long-time champions of women’s health and supporting a woman’s right to make her own personal decision regarding pregnancy. Read more >>


11-1-2010 – The Star News

Gains in women’s health, equality hinge on election

We’ve heard a lot this week about a nasty word one campaign aide said in a voicemail recording. But California voters deserve to hear a lot more about women’s equality and women’s health. Read article >>


11-1-2010 – PPAC Blog

Every Vote Matters–No Excuses

Tuesday is election day. As Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman can attest, it’s easy to make excuses not to vote. Read article >>


10-28-2010 – PPAC Blog

Republicans Trail in California, Bet Big On Negative Ad Surge

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman was booed at a major women’s event on Tuesday after she refused to call off negative ads for the final week of the campaign. Her opponent, Democrat Jerry Brown pledged to stop running negative ads if Whitman agreed to do likewise. Of course Whitman won’t stop the negative ads. She’s trailing in the polls and her best shot is to depress Democratic voter turnout. Read full article >>


10-27-2010 – PPAC Blog

Vote to protect your rights. Vote Barbara Boxer.

In the early 1960s, women from across the United States began a grassroots struggle for abortion rights. Watch video >>


10-26-2010 – Los Angeles Times

For women, ideology trumps the gender card

As their party’s first female nominees for governor and U.S. Senate, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina have run campaigns premised in part on the belief that they could attract women voters who typically brush aside the Republican Party. But new polls indicate that, if anything, women are treating their candidacies more harshly than are men. Read article >>


10-26-2010 – PPAC Blog

Live Webcast TODAY from 3:30-4:00pm

Women’s and progressive groups in California are standing together on October 26th at the California Women’s Conference to ask Californians to pledge to vote against Palin-endorsed candidates like Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman and vote for candidates who support choice and support women — Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown. Watch >>


10-25-2010 – PPAC Blog

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and Women’s Groups Ask Voters to Pledge to Vote to Protect Choice and Women’s Health Care – Unveils New Radio Ads for Boxer and Brown

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10-22-2010 – PPAC Blog

Protect Your Right To Choose. Vote Barbara Boxer.

Sarah Weddington represented “Jane Roe” (a pregnant woman who desired an abortion) in the 1973 landmark case of Roe v. Wade. Weddington won her case and, as a result, many laws restricting abortion access were invalidated. Read more and watch video>>


10-21-2010 – PPAC Blog

Fiorina and Whitman Would Reverse Gains in Women’s Health

Republican Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina wants to repeal health care reform. Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has said she favors repeal as well. Health care reform isn’t perfect, and some of the most attractive provisions won’t come online until 2014. That said, there’s a lot for health insurance consumers to look forward to, especially women. Read article>>


10-19-2010 – PPAC Blog

Get the Facts! Barbara Boxer supports a woman’s right to choose.

James Lawson is a United Methodist Pastor and activist, known for his leadership in non-violent direct action and social justice. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to Lawson as “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.” Watch video>>


10-18-2010 – Huffington Post

Carly Fiorina: Too Extreme For California

My mother used to tell me: “You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep.” The relationship between Carly Fiorina and Sarah Palin tells you exactly what you need to know about Fiorina and her bid to become Senator — she is simply too extreme for California. Read full article>>


10-18-2010 – NARAL

Rally for Women’s Issues in the 2010 Election


10-15-2010 – PPAC Blog

Carly Fiorina and Sarah Palin Too EXTREME for California

SACRAMENTO — Women, nurses and other progressive groups demonstrated in Sacramento today to call attention to Carly Fiorina and Sarah Palin’s extreme views on a woman’s personal decision regarding pregnancy.

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10-14-2010 – PPAC Blog

Thanks, But No Thanks: Fiorina Won’t Attend Palin Rally

Former governor Sarah Palin and RNC Chair Michael Steele will share a stage in Orange County on Oct. 16 for what they hope will be the party’s “final push to victory.” Read article>>


10-13-2010 – PPAC Blog

After Final Debate, Whitman Still a Cipher on Choice

California Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) faced off in the last of three gubernatorial debates on Tuesday night. It’s safe to say that California voters are no better informed about Whitman’s stance on reproductive choice than they were before the debate. Read more>>


10-12-2010 – Press Conference

Women’s rights organizations urge women to vote November 2nd

Representatives from more than 40 women rights organizations and women leaders throughout California held press conferences today in Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles to urge women to vote on November 2nd to ensure women’s rights stay intact. Read full article>>


10-7-2010 – Capitol Weekly

Opinion: Abortion debate and Fiorina’s problem

In last week’s radio debate between Sen. Barbara Boxer and her opponent,  deposed Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, the latter went to great lengths to slap some rouge on her extremist position on a woman’s right to choose.  Read full article >>


10-6-2010 – PPAC Blog

Whitman Pledges to Follow in the Footsteps of Governor Who Zeroed Out Family Planning

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman says she’s pro-choice, but her zeal for cutting spending may supersede her commitment to reproductive health services for Californians.

Whitman wants to cut $15 billion dollars for California’s budget… Read full post>>


10.3.2010 – San Francisco Chronicle – Letters to Insight

Clear choice for choice

The Chronicle has been a beacon for human rights since your early opposition to the Vietnam War, your unwavering support for equal protection regardless of sexual orientation and your unflagging support for a woman’s right to choose.

Your decision to make no endorsement in the race for U.S. Senate, therefore, leaves those of us for whom choice is a defining issue puzzled at best – and needing to set the record straight.

Only one candidate, Sen. Barbara Boxer has been a consistent voice for women and their right to choose. Boxer has spent her entire career fighting for health access for all women, regardless of their ability to pay. And she’s been a tireless supporter of Roe v. Wade. Carly Fiorina, endorsed by Sarah Palin, has made it clear that, given the chance, she would vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

That would make criminals out of women who have abortions, and the doctors who perform them. Those views are too extreme for California. California’s women can count on only one person to protect those rights: Sen. Barbara Boxer. We believe this is a matter of choice, and the choice is clear.

Heather Saunders Estes
President, Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo Action Fund


8.18.2010 – Politico

Palin adds to ‘mama grizzly’ pack

“Palin-backed candidates Nikki Haley, Mary Fallin and Susana Martinez all prevailed in their respective GOP gubernatorial primaries, while Carly Fiorina was victorious in California’s Republican Senate primary.”

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