Women’s Rights Groups Endorse Cicilline

PAWTUCKET, RI – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) announced endorsements by Planned Parenthood Action Fund and National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NOW PAC) for his reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives. Cicilline also received a preferred candidate recognition from the Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus.  


A lifelong champion of women’s rights, Cicilline has fought for reproductive justice, equal pay for equal work, resources for victims of domestic violence, and access to quality and affordable child care and health care.


“Congressman David Cicilline has been a tireless advocate for women here in Rhode Island and around the country,” said Hilary Levey Friedman, President of Rhode Island NOW’s PAC. “Given his strong record of supporting women and ongoing commitment to achieving full equality, we wholeheartedly recommended David for endorsement by NOW PAC.”   


“In times of growing uncertainty, we need steadfast champions for reproductive health and rights in public office. Throughout his tenure in Congress, David Cicilline has time and again demonstrated his leadership and strong advocacy for reproductive rights and access to sexual and reproductive health care for all. Here in Rhode Island, we are proud Planned Parenthood Action Fund has endorsed him and we are proud to stand behind him,” said Amanda Skinner, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island.


“Congressman Cicilline amplifies the work of his female congressional colleagues, checks in with local women activists consistently, and supports and encourages women across the state to get more involved in their local government. He models true allyship when it comes to women, showing up and supporting women in all ways an ally should. We are proud to work alongside him and extend our full support as he continues to work towards true gender equality,” said Liz Gledhill, Chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus.


Last year, Cicilline helped lead House passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help close the gender wage gap and ensure equal pay for equal work. He also supported the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act, legislation that would make significant federal investments in child care, and expand ongoing access to safe, affordable child care – a necessity for the safe and timely reopening of our economy. And as a member of House Leadership, Cicilline helped pass the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to provide critical programs, support, services, and resources to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and dating violence. 


“This year, I’m more proud than ever to once again receive endorsements from these great organizations,” said Cicilline. “The Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress have continued their attacks on a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, and failed to act on House legislation that would end gender wage discrimination, protect the healthcare of those with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer, and ensure families do not have to sacrifice a paycheck to care for their loved ones. Meanwhile, the President and Senate Republicans have rushed the appointment and confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court, further jeopardizing the future of women’s rights for everything from access to reproductive health, to protections for pre-existing conditions, paid leave and equal pay, affordable childcare, and more. We must continue to stand together and fight to protect our fundamental rights, including access to comprehensive, quality, and affordable health care and freedom from discrimination of any kind.”


Cicilline is running for reelection to serve the people of the First Congressional District of Rhode Island. This year’s General Election falls on Tuesday, November 3rd.