I am proud to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona as a candidate for the Arizona State Legislature. Planned Parenthood of Arizona has a long and storied history for providing health care services for women and men, and I am proud to receive their endorsement. I am pleased to count myself among those who have stood up for Planned Parenthood and its mission of women’s health and responsible sexual health, including Arizona’s own Peggy and Barry Goldwater. Many in our great state are unaware that the Arizona chapter of Planned Parenthood includes among its founders Peggy Goldwater, and I am honored to accept the endorsement of the organization that she and Senator Goldwater supported, nurtured and help to grow beginning in 1939 until their passing.
There will, however, be those who would shout, rant and rave about this endorsement as a negative about my candidacy and my campaign. But let us be clear. The backbone of a nation is not in its factories, nor in its military nor in its corporations nor its industries. The strength of a nation is found in its people, its men, women and children, each seeking to make their way into tomorrow. The strength of a nation is only as good as the health of its people and the strength of their families. That is the purpose and legacy of Planned Parenthood, working to ensure that our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, have access to quality healthcare. Healthcare that reflects the unique health care needs of women.
Planned Parenthood provides health care services to women often free of charge, giving women control of their family life and ability to contribute to our nation in their fullest capacities. Yes, Planned Parenthood offers abortion services, but it also teaches sex education and provides guidance for contraception and sexual health, actions that significantly reduce the need for abortions and the trauma they incur on women and families. Planned Parenthood also serves the health care requirements of men, providing critical services around cancer, STD’s, and sexual health. Planned Parenthood provides health care services through pregnancy, helping to ensure women the safe birth of their children and the protection of their own health through childbearing.
Thus, as a provider of healthcare services to any and all seeking their guidance and service, I accept the support of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona