Planned Parenthood endorses Mark Kelly in US Senate race




    Gun control reform is a large part of Mark Kelly’s campaign. His wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, was shot in 2011 in an attack that killed six and wounded 13 in Tucson. Since then, the couple has been active in trying to reform gun control laws across the U.S. Photo by Meg Potter | Cronkite News

    On the heels on the campaign arm of Planned Parenthood announcing it was planning to spend millions of dollars in Arizona to defeat Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally in next year’s election, Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsed her likely Democratic opponent, Mark Kelly.

    In a written statement, Lola Sophia Bovell, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, said Kelly “has demonstrated his commitment to eradicating the wage gap and lack of paid family leave giving all Arizonans the ability to lead full lives.”

    The organization also noted Kelly’s support for reproductive rights and his commitment to “the broader goal of empowering people through health and gender equity by supporting comprehensive sex education, equal pay, and curbing gun violence.”

    Last week, Planned Parenthood said it planned to spend $45 million in 2020 on key Senate races to support Democrats in their bid to win control of the legislative chamber. The race in Arizona is key if Democrats hope to win the majority.

    Jim Small
    Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.

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