(Frankfort KY – January 18, 2017) While commending Rep. Andy Barr’s commitment to increase his public access, representatives of Together Frankfort, a coalition supporting the Women’s March on Washington, expressed disappointment with his vote repealing the Affordable Care Act, urging him to issue a public statement supporting women’s rights and invited him to attend the Jan. 21 march to learn more.

Gae Broadwater and Mary Lynn Collins, part of Together Frankfort, emphasized that Barr’s actions will jeopardize access to preventive health care for those in poverty. The group presented a letter outlining their concerns to Barr’s staff at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting in Frankfort.

Urging Barr to designate a staff member specifically focused on women’s issues, the group emphasized their interest in further dialogue on:

·       Parental maternity leave pay;
·       Tax policies which include child care deductions, and;
·       Legislation requiring full enforcement of workplace sexual harassment.

Scores of Frankfort-area citizens are traveling to the Women’s March on Washington (WMOW) while others are attending Sister Marches in Lexington and Louisville. Marchers traveling by bus will board at Kentucky’s History Center, 9 PM, Friday, January 20 for an overnight trip. Interested citizens are invited to attend and lend encouragement to the Marchers.

Together Frankfort will hold a follow-up meeting for those who attended the national or local marches on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7 PM, Completely Kentucky, 237 W. Broadway, Frankfort. More information about the national march can be found online at womensmarch.com/, on Facebook. For press inquiries about the Women’s March on Washington, contact Cassady Fendlay, e-mail: cassady@womensmarch.com. For more information about Together Frankfort, phone 502-682-7233, e-mail togetherfrankfort@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.