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Joe Heck Is Dangerous for Nevada

Contact: Planned Parenthood Action Fund Media Office, 212-261-4433

For Immediate Release: 06.14.16

Planned Parenthood Action Fund and advocacy organizations have already been active in this race and will continue to be through November. Just days ago, Planned Parenthood Votes went up with a $70,000 radio ad buy in Nevada, targeting Joe Heck for a series of racist, offensive ads run by a pro-Heck super PAC. And in May, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsed Catherine Cortez Masto for U.S. Senate.


Quote from Samantha Fredrickson, Deputy Director, Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates:

“Joe Heck is dangerous for women and families in Nevada. Joe Heck has voted eight times to block thousands of Nevadans from accessing birth control, STI testing, and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers. Joe Heck ignored the fact that Latinas make 52 cents and Black women make 65 cents for every dollar paid to men in Nevada when he voted against even considering the Paycheck Fairness Act. Joe Heck has voted to rip many Nevada families apart by voting against deportation relief for undocumented immigrants in Nevada. And if his own record isn’t bad enough, he has ‘high hopes’ that Donald Trump will become our president. We cannot afford six years of Joe Heck in the Senate.”


During his time in the House of Representatives, Joe Heck has also voted for “personhood” legislation, tried to undermine access to fact-based sex education, and has opposed the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act that gave more than 55 million women access to no-copay birth control. Heck also thinks it’s okay for a woman’s boss to deny her birth control coverage.   


Cortez Masto has a strong record of standing up for Nevada women and girls, tackling issues like sex trafficking and violence against women head-on as Nevada’s Attorney General. She has been steadfast in her opposition to discriminatory policies against LGBT individuals.


Planned Parenthood political and advocacy organizations collectively plan to spend an unprecedented $30 million in this election cycle, with a focus on the presidential race and five key Senate races, including Nevada, to make sure voters know where the candidates stand on women’s health.


Background: Joe Heck is dangerous for Nevada



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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.