FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2010
NARAL Pro-Choice America Statement on Rep. Bart Stupak's Retirement
Washington, D. C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the following statement in response to anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak's decision to retire from Congress. Her organization's political action committee had already endorsed Connie Saltonstall in the Democratic Primary.
"Despite our profound disagreement over a woman's right to choose, all of us at NARAL Pro-Choice America wish Congressman Stupak all the best in his retirement. However, it has to be said that we are not sad to see him go.
"Mr. Stupak would have faced a difficult re-election fight given his role in nearly defeating health-care reform because of his narrow extreme anti-choice agenda. Our activists have been energetically and enthusiastically assisting our efforts to unseat Bart Stupak. Today, they are more inspired than ever to help Connie Saltonstall win in November.
"Bart Stupak's retirement should serve as a warning to anti-choice politicians – regardless of their party affiliation – who use women's reproductive rights as a bargaining chip in the political process.
"Bart Stupak may have been our most visible target, but his anti-choice colleagues should be aware that we have begun the fight to replace them with strong pro-choice challengers. With an eye on November and a goal of increasing our pro-choice gains in Congress, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has already endorsed Steve Pougnet, Paula Brooks, Suzan DelBene, and Cedric Richmond. These men and women are mounting impressive campaigns and we are committed to helping them defeat anti-choice Reps. Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), Pat Tiberi (OH-12), Dave Reichert (WA-08), and Joseph Cao (LA-02), respectively. Pro-choice Americans are fed up with politicians pushing their extreme agendas at the expense of women. NARAL Pro-Choice America will continue to direct our resources to defeating anti-choice politicians and electing more pro-choice leaders in 2010."