LEA WEBB ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENT BY
PLANNED PARENTHOOD EMPIRE STATE VOTES PAC
The Endorsement Identifies Webb as a Candidate Who
Fights for New Yorker’s Reproductive Rights
Today, Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC, which helps elect candidates who stand with Planned Parenthood and fight to protect people’s reproductive rights, announced its endorsement of Lea Webb for New York State Senate in District 52. The endorsement comes on the heels of her endorsement by Eleanor’s Legacy, the preeminent political pro-choice organization in New York State. It makes a powerful statement about Lea’s longtime commitment to expanding equitable access to reproductive care, especially in communities where gaining access to care is particularly burdensome.
Georgana Hanson, Interim Chair of Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC, said, “Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC is excited to support Lea Webb's candidacy for the NY State Senate. As states across the country seek to ban abortion, we need voices like Lea’s in the Senate to ensure New York guarantees access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services for all who need them.”
Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC is a public action committee that identifies leaders who will prioritize protecting New Yorkers’ rights to access necessary health care and improving access to this care.
“As a committed advocate for reproductive rights, I am proud to receive Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC’s endorsement,” said Lea Webb. “The recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was heartbreaking, a sobering reminder that the fight for reproductive justice is far from over. While abortion was made fully legal in New York in 2019, we cannot forget that there are now millions of people across the country whose access to safe reproductive care was stripped away overnight. The need to fight louder and harder for equitable access to care has never been more clear, which is why I will push for adequate ongoing funding for abortion providers to meet the increased demand from out of state clients. I’ll also be on the front lines fighting for final passage of the Equality Amendment to our State Constitution.”
Lea Webb has been a long-time advocate for health care reform. She fought to ensure that health insurance in New York would cover birth control and abortion while working as a healthcare organizer for Citizen Action. She has frequently gathered with community leaders to organize rallies in protest of the U.S. Supreme Court’s repeal of Roe v. Wade.
The Democratic Primary for State Senate is on August 23, 2022, with early voting starting on August 13. Voters can learn more about Webb’s campaign at leawebb.com
About Lea Webb
Lea Webb was the first African American ever elected to the Binghamton City Council, and she is an award-winning activist who has been recognized as one of tomorrow's leaders by Oprah magazine and the White House Project.
A lifelong Southern Tier NY resident, Webb was raised in a blue-collar family and is a proud graduate of public school. Webb is a first-generation graduate of SUNY Broome, where she earned a degree in liberal arts and sciences, and Binghamton University, where she earned a degree in neuroscience. Lea is now an educator at Binghamton University, where she develops diversity and inclusion training and programs for faculty, staff, and students to advance its goals of fostering diversity and respect. She is a national trainer with Vote Run Lead, training thousands of women across the country on how to run for elected office. She is a Co-Chair/Co-Founder of the Black Millennial Political Convention and a Founding Board Member of Local Progress. Lea was honored with the President’s Award by the Broome-Tioga Branch of the NAACP for her significant contributions to her community.
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