FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2009
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses Ann McLane Kuster in Key U.S. House ContestPro-choice organization calls Kuster the candidate who can keep New Hampshire's 2nd District in pro-choice hands
Washington, DC – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, today announced that her organization's political action committee proudly endorsed Ann McLane Kuster in the race for the open seat in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District. Kuster, a pro-choice community activist, author, attorney, and advocate for New Hampshire families, brings a distinguished record of public service to this critical race.
"As an adoption attorney and a longtime activist for reproductive rights, I'm grateful to NARAL Pro-Choice America and their many members here in New Hampshire for their support of my campaign," Kuster said. "The last few weeks in Washington have been a painful reminder that today we have a Democratic House of Representatives but we do not have a pro-choice House of Representatives. In Congress, I will always fight to ensure that a woman's private health-care decisions remain between her and her medical providers, without the interference of politicians."
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC contributed $5,000 to Kuster for the primary election, and Keenan said the organization will mobilize its more than 3,700 member activists in the state in support of her campaign. The organization also has endorsed Rep. Paul Hodes, who currently represents this district, in his bid for the U.S. Senate.
Keenan also said that NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, a non-partisan organization, did not endorse former GOP Rep. Charlie Bass, who is considering entering the race, in his previous campaigns for this seat.
"Ann McLane Kuster is the fully pro-choice candidate who has the experience necessary to keep this competitive district in pro-choice hands," Keenan said. "She is an outstanding advocate for New Hampshire's commonsense pro-choice values. We are confident that, as a member of Congress, Kuster will continue to stand up for women's freedom and privacy in the tradition of New Hampshire's strong pro-choice advocates, including Gov. John Lynch, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, and Rep. (and future Sen.) Paul Hodes."
Pilar Olivo, interim-executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire, said Kuster's extensive community service and professional accomplishments make her a clear choice for the district's pro-choice voters.
"As someone who has worked with Annie, I can attest to her commitment to the values of freedom and privacy that we hold dear in New Hampshire," Olivo said. "We have had many pro-choice successes at all levels in recent years, and Annie has been an integral part of this progress. Without question, she will become a leader in Congress on issues important to women and their families."
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. For more information about NARAL Pro-Choice America's electoral work, please visit www.ProChoiceAmerica.org/Elections.
Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, www.prochoiceamerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.