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April 8, 2010

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses Suzan DelBene

Pro-choice group has 7,237 member activists in Washington's 8th Congressional District

Washington, DC – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced that her organization's political action committee proudly endorsed Suzan DelBene in her race against anti-choice Rep. Dave Reichert in Washington's 8th District.

"My opponent has repeatedly voted to defund family planning and deny women their reproductive rights," said Suzan DelBene, the Democratic candidate for Washington's 8th Congressional District. "I believe medical decisions should be made by women and their doctors, not by politicians. I'm honored to have NARAL Pro-Choice America's support."

Keenan said voters in the 8th District would see a clear difference between a committed pro-choice champion like DelBene and a rigidly anti-choice incumbent like Reichert, who has a zero-percent score in NARAL Pro-Choice America's 2009 Congressional Record on Choice.

Specifically, Keenan cited Reichert's vote for Rep. Bart Stupak's egregious abortion-coverage ban during the health-reform debate. The Stupak measure would have effectively banned insurance coverage for abortion in the new health system if it had been incorporated into the final reform package.

"Suzan DelBene is an excellent pro-choice candidate," Keenan said. "The voters in Washington have sent many great pro-choice leaders to Congress, and we're confident that Suzan will join this impressive group in the 'other' Washington. She will be the consistent and effective voice for the values of freedom and privacy that are in line with the 8th District. For far too long, Dave Reichert has skated by on the impression that he's a moderate, but moderates don't vote to deny women access to family-planning programs or private insurance that includes abortion coverage."

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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