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ICYMI: Speaker Tina Kotek Earns Endorsements from Leading Reproductive Justice Organizations 


[Portland, OR] – Coming off the 49th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, Oregon’s three leading reproductive justice organizations announced their endorsements of Tina Kotek for Oregon Governor. The endorsements by Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon, Pro-Choice Oregon and The Mother PAC showcase Kotek as Oregon’s most effective leader for reproductive health care.

As the former Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, Tina Kotek has been a tireless champion for reproductive health care and reproductive justice. Following the election of Donald Trump, Kotek led the passage of Oregon’s Reproductive Health Equity Act, the strongest abortion rights law in the nation. Because of Kotek’s leadership, abortion rights will be protected for all Oregonians, no matter what happens at the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The rights guaranteed in Roe vs. Wade are in more danger now than ever before. Around the country, we are witnessing unprecedented attacks on access to reproductive health care,” said Tina Kotek, candidate for Governor. “Every person has the right to make decisions about their health, their bodies, and their futures. I am proud to have worked side-by-side with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Pro-Choice Oregon and The Mother PAC to ensure that every Oregonian can access the care they need. As Governor, I will fight to protect reproductive health care for all.” 

“Tina is hands down the proven reproductive health champion Oregon needs to be our next Governor. At a moment when Roe vs. Wade hangs by a thread before the U.S. Supreme Court, Oregon needs a Governor who not only believes abortion must remain legal and accessible, but who will champion bold policies that expand access to reproductive health care for Oregonians and anyone who might be forced to travel to our state for care,” said Beverly Pearman, Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon Board Chair. “States like ours have long been leaders in the fight for reproductive freedom, but in this crisis moment, it is critical that we do more. We trust Tina to fight for the future of all Oregonians.”

“On what will likely be known as the last anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, Pro-Choice Oregon PAC proudly voted to endorse Tina Kotek, the leader we trust to support Oregon families amid unprecedented challenges.” said Christel Allen, Executive Director of Pro-Choice Oregon. “Our PAC took this decision seriously, knowing Oregon will not be immune to the harm caused by a Supreme Court bent on overturning 50 years of legal precedent. As the fight for abortion access shifts to the states, electing strong state leaders has never been more important. Tina has a record of expanding access for people that have been denied care due to citizenship status, gender identity or geographic location. She is committed to ensuring all Oregonians can access essential reproductive health care.” 

“Tina Kotek is a proven, progressive leader and champion for Oregon’s women and families. We trust Tina to move Oregon forward and to continue to fight for our communities.” said Andrea Paluso, Executive Director of The Mother PAC. “As the longest serving House Speaker in Oregon’s history, Tina Kotek has an unmatched record of championing the nation’s strongest and most inclusive policies to support working women: raising the minimum wage, leading the effort to pass paid family and medical leave, equal pay for equal work, paid sick leave, and so much more.”

The campaign’s full list of endorsers to date includes:

Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon

Pro-Choice Oregon

The Mother PAC

EMILY’s List

Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC

LGBTQ Victory Fund

LPAC

Oregon League of Conservation Voters

Safety and Justice Oregon

SEIU Locals 49 and 503

Oregon Nurses Association

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)

Oregon State Building Trades Council

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 701

International Association of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 5

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 48 and 280

Iron Workers District Council of the Pacific Northwest

Oregon and Southern Idaho District Council of Laborers (LiUNA)

Sheet Metal Workers SMART Local 16

United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290

Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle

Senator Michael Dembrow

Senator Sara Gelser Blouin

Senator Kayse Jama

Representative Teresa Alonso Leon

Representative WInsvey Campos

Representative Maxine Dexter

Representative Paul Evans

Representative Julie Fahey

Representative Dacia Grayber

Representative Paul Holvey

Representative Zach Hudson

Representative Jason Kropf

Representative John Lively

Representative Pam Marsh

Representative Susan McLain

Representative Rob Nosse

Representative Khanh Pham

Representative Karin Power

Representative Dan Rayfield

Representative Jeff Reardon

Representative Lisa Reynolds

Representative Ricki Ruiz

Representative Andrea Salinas

Representative Tawna Sanchez

Representative Sheri Schouten

Representative Barbara Smith Warner

Representative Janeen Sollman

Representative Andrea Valderrama

Representative Marty Wilde

Representative Anna Williams

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