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August 30, 2010

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses Michael Bennet

Pro-choice group has 39,492 member activists in key battleground state; Endorsement comes as TV ad spotlights Buck’s extreme anti-choice views

Washington, DC – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced that her organization’s political action committee proudly endorsed Sen. Michael Bennet for the U.S. Senate and contributed $5,000 to his campaign.

“Decisions about when to start a family and whether to terminate a pregnancy are extremely personal decisions, and should be made by a woman, her family, her faith, and her doctor, not the federal government,” said Sen. Michael Bennet. “We also need to focus on the goal so many of us share: reducing unintended pregnancies by offering comprehensive sex education and increasing the availability of safe birth control and family planning services.”

Keenan said voters in Colorado would see a clear difference between a committed pro-choice champion such as Bennet and the rigidly anti-choice Ken Buck, who opposes abortion, even in the cases of rape and incest.  The endorsement comes on the heels of a campaign ad spotlighting Buck’s extreme anti-choice position.

“Michael Bennet has proven that he can wage an aggressive campaign,” Keenan said. “As the general election unfolds, the difference between Bennet and an anti-choice extremist like Buck is crystal clear. Bennet wants women to decide what’s best for them and their families, while Buck thinks politicians should be able to make women’s private, personal decisions. We will make sure voters know that Buck is an anti-choice extremist who opposes abortion, even in the cases of rape and incest. Colorado’s pro-choice majority will keep Buck out of the U.S. Senate.”

Keenan said Buck’s views fall far outside the mainstream. His hostility to reproductive rights includes opposition to common forms of birth control. Buck even backs the so-called “personhood” measure, which would ban abortion and threaten many forms of contraception. In 2008, Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected the measure by a 73-to-27-percent margin, and anti-choice groups are pushing a nearly identical measure on the November ballot.

Overall, NARAL Pro-Choice America's political program has helped produce enormous gains for pro-choice forces in Congress, including the combined net gain of 44 pro-choice seats in the House and nine new pro-choice senators in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles. In its 2008 post-election analysis, National Journal ranked NARAL Pro-Choice America second among the nation's top 21 political organizations for its impressive win rate among endorsed congressional candidates in hotly contested races.

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