Diverse Coalition of Women, Reproductive Rights Organizations Endorse Senator Anna Kaplan in Her Bid for Re-Election

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In recognition of her tireless leadership for women, women’s choice and reproductive rights, Emily’s List, #VOTEPROCHOICE, and a diverse coalition of 37 prominent local women community leaders have endorsed Anna Kaplan in her re-election bid for the New York State Senate

The endorsements come on the heels of endorsements from the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) Action Fund PAC, as well as endorsements from Planned Parenthood Empire States Vote PAC, National Organization for Women New York State (NOW-NYS), and Eleanor’s Legacy

Kaplan, the only woman in the State Senate from Nassau County, recently passed the law that makes New York a safe haven for women seeking abortions from anti-choice states

GLEN COVE, NY (October 16, 2022) – With just over three weeks till the November election, New York State Senator Anna M. Kaplan (D-Port Washington), the only woman in the State Senate from Nassau County, and the only Democratic woman in the State Senate from Long Island, announced that she’s earned the endorsements of Emily’s List, #VOTEPROCHOICE, and a diverse coalition of 37 prominent local women community leaders in recognition of her tireless leadership on behalf of women, women’s choice and reproductive rights. The endorsements come on the heels of an endorsement from the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) Action Fund PAC, and endorsements from Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC, National Organization for Women New York State (NOW-NYS), and Eleanor’s Legacy. The list of prominent women community leaders endorsing Senator Kaplan includes numerous current and former elected officials serving the North Shore, advocates for women’s reproductive healthcare, and advocates for gun safety.

“I’m extremely humbled and grateful to have the support of such a diverse group of women and women’s organizations endorsing me in my campaign for re-election,” said Senator Anna M. Kaplan. “Protecting women and protecting choice has always been my priority, and always will be my priority. I ran for this seat because I was sick and tired of seeing extremist Republicans stopping important legislation like the Reproductive Health Act from becoming law, and since I’ve been in office, I’ve proudly fought to secure our rights here in New York no matter what. At a time when these extremists are doing everything in their power to steal our freedoms and control our bodies, I’m proud to partner with local women leaders, and organizations like #VoteProChoice and Emily’s List, to fight back and protect our rights.”

Former Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth said “I have had the privilege of partnering with Anna Kaplan across her entire career in public service to our community, from her work as a Councilwoman in the Town of North Hempstead through her time as our State Senator. Anna is a fierce advocate for her constituents, for women’s choice, and for our reproductive rights. At a time when women’s rights are under attack, Anna Kaplan is the leader we need to fight for our community in the New York State Senate.”

City of Glen Cove Councilwoman Marsha Silverman said “Anna Kaplan fights for democratic principles and justice. At a time when rights and freedoms are under attack we need public servants like Anna Kaplan who will stand up for the public.”

Kaplan first ran for the State Senate in 2018 on a platform of passing the Reproductive Health Act, which codified the protections of Roe v. Wade into New York State Law and removed abortion care from the State’s criminal code. The bill had been prevented from reaching the Senate floor for a vote by an intransigent Republican Majority, which included her Republican opponent, who refused to take up the vital measure for a vote despite years of advocacy by Democrats in the Minority.

Patricia Pastor, Legislative Vice President, NYS National Organization for Women (NOW), said “We know that the issues that are prioritized by government change when women have a seat at the table, and as our State Senator, Anna Kaplan, has always made sure women’s voices are being heard in Albany. From her leadership on the Reproductive Health Act to the new law she wrote making New York a safe haven for women seeking abortion care after the fall of Roe, no one has been a stronger voice for us than Senator Kaplan.”

In addition to helping pass the reproductive health act and several measures that expanded women’s access to reproductive care and contraceptive medicine, Senator Kaplan recently authored the new state law that protects doctors who provide abortions to women from out of state, effectively making New York a safe haven for women seeking abortion care after the fall of Roe.

In sharp contrast to Senator Kaplan’s strong support of reproductive choice, her opponent, Jack Martins, has a long record of opposing choice for women. In his time as State Senator, Mr. Martins opposed codifying federal abortion rights into state law and refused to support the full Women’s Equality Act due to the inclusion of abortion protections in the measure.

Just last month, when the Town of North Hempstead held hearings to repeal its local abortion restrictions, Jack Martins once again failed to show up and speak out in support of women’s reproductive rights, as did dozens of community members, advocates for women’s rights, and officials, including Senator Kaplan, over the course of two nights of public comments.

Senator Anna M. Kaplan said “Just a few months ago, the Supreme Court stole our Constitutional right to choose by overturning Roe V. Wade, and the responsibility to protect women’s reproductive freedoms now falls to those of us willing to stand up, fight back, and protect women. Jack Martins had an opportunity to speak out and stand up for women in calling for the repeal of local abortion restrictions, but he never showed up, and he never spoke out. At a time when our rights are under attack by radical conservatives across the country and here at home, we can’t afford to stay home or stay silent, we need leaders who are willing to fight for our rights and freedoms.”

“EMILY’s List is proud to endorse Anna Kaplan for reelection to the New York Senate,” said Emily’s List Vice President of State and Local Campaigns Sarah Curmi. “Sen. Kaplan made history as the first refugee and the first Persian American to be elected to the New York State Legislature. She has spent her career helping others and has proven to be a tireless advocate for her community in the state Senate. We are thrilled to see what she will accomplish next.”

The full list of community leaders endorsing Senator Kaplan includes: Gina Sillitti, New York State Assemblywoman; Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Nassau County Legislator; Veronica Lurvey, Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman; Mariann Dalimonte, Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman; Marsha Silverman, Glen Cove City Councilwoman; Judi Bosworth, Former Town of North Hempstead Supervisor; Lee Seeman, Former Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman; Eve Lupenko, M.D., Former Glen Cove City Councilmember; Patricia Pastor, Legislative Vice President, NYS National Organization For Women (NOW) and President, Nassau NOW; Juli Grey-Owens, Executive Director, Gender Equality NY; Nicole Sano, Legislative Lead, Moms Demand Action Long Island; Rachel Klein, Founder, Long Islanders for Gun Safety; Dr. Uzma Syed, Founder & CEO of Align Us; Dr. Bhavani Srinivasan, MD, MPH, CAC, Past President and Board of Trustees, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin Queens and Long Island Chapter; Shashi Malik, President, Seva Center for Humanity; Ting Dai, Great Neck Chinese Association Board Member; Nilima Madan, Treasurer and Past President, Rotary Club of Hicksville; Wazma Wardak Hassan, Founder and President, Afghan Americans of New York; Desiree Woodson, Commissioner, Town of North Hempstead Housing Authority; Kim Keiserman, Commissioner, Town of North Hempstead Housing Authority; Linda Beigel Schulman, Gun Safety Advocate; Diana Holden, Executive Director of Adventures In Learning; Lois Schaffer, Author & Gun Safety Advocate; Sheree Liu, Small Business Owner; Rebecca Hughes Parker, Co-President, Port Washington Democrats; Donna Lee, President, Town of Oyster Bay Democrats; Cindy Silletti, City Leader, Glen Cove Democrats; Eve Meltzer Krief, M.D, Pediatrician; Jane Russell, Manhasset Democrats; Peggy May, Mineola Democrats; Eleanor Lange, Community Advocate; Paula Frome, Esq., Community Advocate; Reema Rasool, Community Advocate; Nadia Holubnyczyj, Community Advocate; Jyoti Bhatia Gupta, Community Advocate; Betty Leong, Community Advocate; Mo Chen, Community Advocate; and Charlotte Sear, Community Advocate.

Senator Kaplan has unquestioningly swept the race for endorsements in the 7th Senate District contest, and the full list can be viewed at www.annafornysenate.com/endorsements

ABOUT EMILY’S LIST: We elect Democratic pro-choice women to office. Our vision is a government that reflects the people it serves, and decision makers who genuinely and enthusiastically fight for greater opportunity and better lives for the Americans they represent. We will work for larger leadership roles for Democratic pro-choice women in our legislative bodies and executive seats so that our families can benefit from the open-minded, productive contributions that women have consistently made in office.

ABOUT #VOTEPROCHOICE: Founded in March 2016, #VOTEPROCHOICE mobilizes the nation’s prochoice majority to elect prochoice champions who protect and expand reproductive freedom at every level of government. We change the laws by changing the lawmakers. Every elected office has a role to play to protect reproductive freedom, which is why we make prochoice endorsements and recommendations from the top to the bottom of the ballot.

ABOUT SENATOR ANNA KAPLAN: Anna Kaplan is a former child refugee who has devoted her life to public service as a way of giving back to the country that has given her so much. Now serving her second term as a New York State Senator, Anna is fighting hard for Long Island and delivering results for our community on important issues like middle class tax relief, women’s rights, and keeping our communities safe from gun violence and hate crimes. For more information about Senator Anna Kaplan, visit www.annafornysenate.com

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