Planned Parenthood Endorses Chuck Schumer for Senate ...the Only Voice for Choice in New York Senate Race

Statement by Gloria Feldt, President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Oct 20, 1998, 01:00 ET from Planned Parenthood Federation of America

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Gloria
 Feldt, President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
     Planned Parenthood is proud to announce its endorsement of Representative
 Charles E. Schumer for the U.S. Senate.  Chuck Schumer has been a true
 advocate -- a hero -- of choice during his 18 years in Congress.  Planned
 Parenthood has recently launched its Responsible Choices Action Agenda -- a
 forward-looking proactive advocacy and service initiative to expand and secure
 reproductive health and rights into the next century -- and Chuck Schumer is
 the person who will help us get there.
     We pledge our support to Chuck Schumer as he takes on a man who uses his
 position in the Senate to support the most extreme legislative attacks on
 choice imaginable.  Al D'Amato is more committed and beholden to religious and
 political extremists than he is to the women of New York.
     Al D'Amato has consistently voted against legislation that would improve
 the reproductive lives of millions of women.  He voted against expanding
 Medicaid coverage of abortion services to include rape and incest!  He even
 wants a constitutional amendment to ban all abortions. In fact, Al D'Amato has
 never met a piece of anti-choice, anti-family planning legislation he doesn't
 like ... Al D'Amato has been too wrong for too long.
     Be certain of one thing -- the women of New York have more at stake in
 this election than anyone.  By electing Chuck Schumer we can make sure that
 the right to choice will still be there the morning after the election.
     * Chuck Schumer has a 100% pro-choice, pro-family planning voting record.
       He supports responsible choices and has been a leading advocate of
       policies that help women and their families stay healthy and safe.
     * Chuck Schumer is the author of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances
       Act; legislation that has brought incidents of violence and harassment
       at family planning clinics down 87% since it was enacted in 1994.
     * Chuck Schumer supports a woman's right to choose and family planning and
       educational programs that help prevent the need for abortion.
     * And Chuck Schumer supports responsible sex education programs that help
       prevent sexually transmitted infections.
     While Al D'Amato is drifting farther and farther from the rest of New
 Yorkers, Chuck Schumer is fighting for our rights. As Senator, Chuck Schumer
 will help realize the goals of Planned Parenthood's Responsible Choices Action
     * Increase services that prevent unintended pregnancies,
     * Improve the quality of reproductive health care,
     * And ensure access to abortion.
     A vote for Chuck Schumer is a vote for women's rights, a vote for
 families, and a vote for choice.

SOURCE Planned Parenthood Federation of America