Reproductive rights group endorses Kaplan for state Senate

Reproductive rights group endorses Kaplan for state Senate
State Sen. Anna Kaplan raised more than $205,000 in the most recent campaign finance filing period. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

The National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund PAC has endorsed state Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-North Hills) in her campaign for re-election in the 7th Senate District. 

The advocacy group builds political power for reproductive freedom and works to elect candidates who stand for everyone’s right to control their reproductive lives. 

In August, Kaplan was endorsed by Planned Parenthood Empire States Vote, National Organization for Women New State and Eleanor’s Legacy, all advocates for women’s reproductive rights.

“Anna Kaplan has used every tool available to protect and expand access to abortion and reproductive healthcare in New York at both the state level and in her district,” said NIRH President Andrea Miller. “As reproductive rights continue to be under attack across the country, we need strong leaders like Anna Kaplan in Albany to ensure that we continue to secure not only the rights of New Yorkers, but also meaningful access to reproductive healthcare for all who need it.”

Kaplan said she is proud of the support and vowed to fight back against extremists to protect reproductive rights. 

“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,” Kaplan said in a statement.

“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 organizations like the National Institute for Reproductive Health to fight back and protect our rights, and I’m so grateful for their support in my re-election campaign.”

Kaplan is running against former state Sen. Jack Martins, a Republican who ran unopposed in his party’s primary, in November.

Kaplan was elected to serve the Town of North Hempstead’s 4th District as a councilwoman in 2011.  In 2016, she sought election to the House of Representatives but lost to current Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) in the Democratic primary.  Kaplan defeated former Flower Hill Mayor Elaine Phillips in 2018 to represent the 7th Senate District.

Kaplan has served in the Senate since 2019.  Kaplan won re-election in 2020 against former Port Washington Police Commissioner Dave Franklin.

During her second term as senator, Kaplan said she has focused on issues including middle-class tax relief, women’s rights and reducing gun violence and hate crimes in local communities. 

Martins, an Old Westbury resident and former Mineola mayor, represented the 7th District from 2011 to 2016.

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