Planned Parenthood Illinois Action endorses Giannoulias for Illinois Secretary of State

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Alexi Giannoulias

On Monday, the Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) board of directors, the political and advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, announces its endorsement of Alexi Giannoulias for Illinois Secretary of State.

Giannoulias, a former state treasurer, is running to replace retiring Secretary Jesse White.

“We are endorsing Alexi Giannoulias because we must remain vigilant to keep abortion safe and legal in Illinois,” said Jennifer Welch, President and CEO of PPIA. “Giannoulias has been a long-time champion of this fight to preserve and expand abortion access. Giannoulias recognizes that abortion bans disproportionately impact the people who already face the greatest barriers to health care, including Black, LatinX, Indigenous folks, disabled people, young people, people in rural areas and immigrants. He will work tirelessly to protect the right and access to care for those already having difficulty making ends meet.”

Giannoulias said, “I am honored to receive Planned Parenthood Illinois Action’s endorsement. I have always been pro-choice and have always supported access to reproductive health care. Now more than ever, I am committed to defending everyone’s freedom to make their own reproductive health care decisions. I want to make sure that no politician or government agency has the power to interfere with the right to obtain an abortion in the state of Illinois.”

In a statement, PPIA said Giannoulias has worked with State Reps. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) and Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) to develop legislation aimed at protecting the privacy of people who travel for reproductive health care.

PPIA endorses candidates based on their reproductive health care policies and their commitment to protecting the health and rights of all Illinoisans. A full list of PPIA endorsements and more information is available at ppiaction.org.

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