Pro-choice abortion rights group endorses Anna Eskamani in HD 47

Anna Eskamani

A national group called #VoteProChoice has announced its endorsement of Democrat Anna Eskamani in the Florida House District 47 race.

Eskamani, of Orlando, is senior director of public affairs and communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, managing a team across 22 counties, including the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas, and a high-profile proponent of preserving abortion rights in Florida.

The group that endorsed her Tuesday built its nationwide online ballot guides in 2016 and 2017 in partnership with Planned Parenthood, along with a number of other groups including NARAL Pro-Choice America, MoveOn, and Progress Now, to help identify local candidates who fully support abortion rights access. Eskamani is one of eight candidates the group lists as being endorsed so far in 2018, in races ranging from state legislature campaigns to the Pennsylvania lieutenant governor’s post.

“Anna understands the critical role access to healthcare plays in every family—losing her mother to cancer when she was only 13. Through this tragedy, Anna became a tireless advocate for healthcare for all and will defend and protect reproductive rights for everyone in Florida” Alaina Reaves, organizing and engagement coordinator of #VoteProChoice stated in a news release. “It’s a profound honor to endorse reproductive health champion Anna Eskamani.”

Eskamani is seeking to succeed Republican state Rep. Mike Miller to represent HD 47, covering north-central Orange County. Two Republicans are running, Stockton Reeves of Winter Park and Mikaela Nix of Orlando.

With the endorsement, her professional background, and her news release Tuesday, Eskamani is making it clear that abortion is an issue she’s willing to run on.

In the press release her campaign targeted four bills in the Florida Legislature seeking to restrict access to abortion, plus an effort by the Florida Constitution Review Commission, which the campaign contended is a “clear attempt to restrict access to safe and legal abortion being led by CRC member John Stemberger,” who is president of the anti-abortion organization the Florida Family Policy Council.

“We have one of the most anti-reproductive health presidents in a generation, with a Congress and state legislature that pounces at Planned Parenthood and attacks women’s rights every chance they get. These politicians are out of touch and pushing a politically motivated agenda, one that leaves women and families behind,” Eskamani stated in the news release. “Nothing will change unless we elect more people like me in Tallahassee, and I thank #VoteProChoice for serving as a national platform that advocates for full access to reproductive health.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


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