Pro-Choice Voter Guide: Washington Senate
Sen. Maria Cantwell
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D) is pro-choice. She is the incumbent.
Sen. Cantwell earned a 100-percent score in NARAL Pro-Choice America's 2011 Congressional Record on Choice.
Voted against the proposal to block Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds, which would have denied millions of Americans access to contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic medical care.
Voted against a budget bill that would have cut funding for contraception and cancer screenings, made it harder for low-income women in D.C. to choose abortion care, and eliminated family-planning programs for the world's poorest women.
Voted for the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
On the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Sen. Cantwell said, "Thirty years ago, in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court held that women have a constitutional right to an abortion. That decision - Roe v. Wade - was carefully crafted to be both balanced and responsible while holding the rights of women in America paramount in reproductive decisions. Roe v. Wade held that women have a constitutional right to an abortion, but after viability, states can ban abortions as long as they allow exceptions when a woman's life or health is endangered. Since then, while the Court has consistently ruled in favor of this right, there is no doubt that this right is being eroded."
Endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC in 2000 and 2006.
State Sen. Michael Baumgartner
State Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R) is anti-choice.