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September 15, 2010

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii Congressional Contest

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced that her organization’s political action committee proudly endorsed state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District.     

“I want to thank NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC  for its support in my campaign for Congress,” state Sen. Hanabusa said. “It gives me great pride to be a citizen of the state that was the first to legally protect every woman’s reproductive rights, placing these vital personal decisions within the sole purview of a woman and her doctor. We do not know when, if ever, the voices against choice will end their attack on women’s reproductive freedom. But we do know that our steadfast commitment and the actions of groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America that place a woman’s rights first, will serve us in the end.”

Keenan said the PAC contributed $5,000 to state Sen. Hanabusa’s primary campaign. In the general election, she will face incumbent Rep. Charles Djou (R), who has expressed support for anti-choice policies. His position is far out of line in Hawaii, which NARAL Pro-Choice America ranks as the fourth most pro-choice state for its strong protections of women’s reproductive health and privacy.

“We are thrilled to see a leader from the state legislature move to Congress,” Keenan said. “This congressional race in Hawaii represents a great opportunity to return this seat to pro-choice leadership. Sen. Hanabusa will be an outstanding advocate for a state with a strong pro-choice tradition.”

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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