Prominent Women’s Activist Sandra Fluke Endorses Christine Quinn for Mayor Campaigns Throughout New York
Today, Sandra Fluke, a leading national advocate for women’s rights announced her support for Christine Quinn to be the next mayor of New York City. Citing Quinn’s unbending advocacy for women, and all New Yorkers, Fluke traveled from California today to talk with voters about why Quinn is the best and most qualified Mayoral candidate. Whether its Quinn’s work to pass legislation to end so-called crisis pregnancy centers from engaging in deceptive practices, her commitment to funding girls health education, or plan to make the city affordable for all New Yorkers, Sandra Fluke said Quinn is the candidate with the most experience and ability to lead New York City forward.
Sandra Fluke is a former Georgetown University law student who currently practices law in California. In 2012, she gave testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the importance of requiring insurance plans to cover birth control, but following her testimony, Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made inflammatory comments and slurs about her and her sex life. Since then, Fluke has become a national figure advocating on behalf of women’s and reproductive rights. Notably, Fluke was a featured speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where she talked about the role of women in the election and has sat on numerous panels and coalitions against domestic violence including the Manhattan Borough President’ Task Force on Domestic Violence.
Upon endorsing, Fluke stated that Quinn “has the experience, leadership, and when it comes down to it, the seriousness and the maturity to handle the office of Mayor of New York. Whether it was when she passed some of the nation’s first legislation to ensure so-called crisis pregnancy centers were honest with women about their health care options or when she stepped up when women needed protections to gain access to clinics – Chris exemplifies the kind of leadership women in New York need.”
Recognizing the historic nature of Quinn’s campaign, Fluke added how she is “looking forward to the moment when Chris Quinn is mayor because of what it will mean for little girls around New York and all across the country to see a woman in that office and know that they too can be there one day.”
“Sandra Fluke has been a national crusader standing up for women’s healthcare and reproductive rights and she knows better than anyone that attacks on women and women’s healthcare are alive and well in 2013,” said Quinn. “As someone who has spent a career protecting a woman’s right to choose and fighting to provide protections for women to have access to health clinics, I couldn’t be more proud to have her endorsement and have her here campaigning with me today.”
Fluke’s support is latest in a string of high-profile endorsements for Speaker Quinn from women’s advocacy groups, elected officials, and feminists. These include the National Organization for Women (NOW), NARAL Pro-Choice New York, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, EMILY’s List, the Women’s Campaign Fund, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Lena Dunham, Liz Abzug, former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, former Congresswoman Liz Holtzman, the Dominican Women’s Coalition, and over 1,000 women throughout New York working to elect Quinn under the Women for Quinn banner.