FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2009
Franken Win Marks Pro-Choice Pick-Up in U.S. SenateNARAL Pro-Choice America commends the Franken family for exhibiting immense strength during long legal ordeal
Washington, DC – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, congratulated Sen.-elect Al Franken for his victory over former anti-choice Sen. Norm Coleman. The Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed Coleman's challenge to the election results and named Franken the winner in this race. Endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, Franken's victory moves the number of pro-choice pick-ups in the 2008 election cycle from five to six.
"After eight long months, it is great to see this seat officially switch from the anti-choice column to the pro-choice column," Keenan said. "Voters want leaders like Al Franken who will defend women's reproductive freedom while uniting behind commonsense, common-ground proposals, like better access to birth control, that would prevent unintended pregnancies and thus reduce the need for abortion. We welcome Sen. Franken to the Senate and look forward to working with him to stand up for the pro-choice values that Minnesotans support."
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC contributed $10,000 to Franken's campaign and an additional $5,000 to his recount fund. In addition, the organization selected Franken as a "Pro-Choice Pick" in an email alert sent to more than 35,500 of its most active members nationwide. In the final two weeks of the election, NARAL Pro-Choice America volunteers made 9,792 phone calls getting out the vote for Franken. In late October, Keenan visited Minnesota to rally supporters behind Franken and remind voters of incumbent Coleman's extreme anti-choice record. NARAL Pro-Choice America also featured Franken as a "Race of the Week" on BlogForChoice.com and its website. Throughout the 2008 election cycle, NARAL Pro-Choice America communicated with 25,875 member-activists in Minnesota.
NARAL Pro-Choice America's political program helped produce enormous gains for pro-choice forces in Congress, including the combined net gain of 44 pro-choice seats in the House and eight 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. For more information about NARAL Pro-Choice America's electoral activities, please visit www.ProChoiceAmerica.org/elections.