FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2009
"Moderate Mark" No MoreNARAL Pro-Choice America prepared to activate Illinois voters against Kirk
Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, today denounced the anti-choice health-care vote of Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).
Kirk was once regarded as a moderate, fair-minded supporter of women's privacy and rights, but no longer. After Kirk voted in favor of the anti-choice Stupak-Pitts amendment, which effectively bans abortion coverage in the new health system, NARAL Pro-Choice America no longer considers Kirk pro-choice.
"It is obvious from his recent votes, including the indefensible vote for the Stupak-Pitts abortion ban amendment, that Mark Kirk would rather have the endorsement of Sarah Palin than the support of millions of pro-choice voters in Illinois," Keenan said.
Keenan said Kirk's vote is confirmation that he is engaged in a political calculation that betrays his professed standards of centrism and moderation, and therefore, he doesn't deserve a promotion to the U.S. Senate.
"Rep. Kirk is clearly abandoning the moderate positions that afforded him re-election to the House in favor of radically conservative views that he hopes will bolster support for his Senate campaign," Keenan said. "His move to the radical right is not what we expect from a moderate member of Congress. Women's freedom and privacy are at stake, and I am committed to working with NARAL Pro-Choice America's 98,000 Illinois activists, members, and supporters to defeat Mark Kirk's Senate campaign."
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Rachel Boyer, 202.973.3032