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Planned Parenthood endorses Margaret Good, joining Emily’s List, NARAL

Good now has support from all major women’s pro-choice groups.

Sarasota Democrat Margaret Good on Wednesday picked up an endorsement from Planned Parenthood Action.

“Planned Parenthood health centers provide valuable, life-saving health care to people in Florida and across the country,” said Good, who is currently a state Representative. “I am proud to have the support of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund as we advocate for reproductive justice.”

The latest endorsement means every major women’s group that supports abortion rights has thrown its weight behind Good’s effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan. Emily’s List endorsed Good in November. NARAL Pro-Choice America backed her candidacy earlier this month.

The Planned Parenthood endorsement came on the 47th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision confirmed a woman’s constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy through an abortion.

The political arm for Planned Parenthood timed a number of endorsements to the anniversary, including one for U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, an Orlando Democrat.

Now, every incumbent Democratic Congress member representing Florida in its Congressional Delegation boasts a Planned Parenthood endorsement.

However, Good is the first Florida challenger in the 2020 cycle to pick up the national group’s support. Good announced in July that would run to unseat Buchanan, an anti-abortion Republican.

Good’s campaign says that’s a good signal of enthusiasm from national groups about the candidacy.

Good is also one of two of Planned Parenthood’s Florida “Featured Candidates.” U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is the other. In Good’s case, she’s on a “Red-to-Pink” list of candidates hoping to flip districts held by anti-abortion Republicans.

“These candidates are crucial to flipping the Senate (and keeping our pro-reproductive health care majority in the House),” the organization’s website reads. “Without a majority in both chambers, we cannot protect and expand access to sexual and reproductive health care.”

As a Florida representative, Good has consistently voted against limits on abortion access, including voting against a “parental consent” requirement for minors that was approved last year in the House. A version of the same bill is expected to advance to the floor again this Session.

Written By

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at jacobogles@hotmail.com.

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