FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2011
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses Suzanne BonamiciPro-choice group has 2,490 member activists in Oregon’s 1st Congressional District; special election comes as House wages worst attacks on choice in a decade
Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced that her organization’s political action committee proudly endorsed Suzanne Bonamici in a special election in Oregon’s 1st Congressional District.
"I am proud to have the support of NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC and to be standing with the organization and its members to make sure all women have the education and health care they need to make informed, safe decisions regarding their health care,” Bonamici said. “Politicians should not be making health-care decisions for women; I trust women to make these decisions for themselves and with their doctors. Oregonians can trust me to vote to protect a woman’s right to choose when this issue is before Congress."
Keenan said voters in the 1st Congressional District will see a clear difference between a committed pro-choice champion like Bonamici and an anti-choice candidate like Rob Cornilles. Cornilles counts Oregon Right to Life among the organizations that have endorsed his candidacy.
Keenan also said Cornilles’ recent comments to the Oregonian that “the House has a very limited role to play in this issue” would fail with voters looking for strong leaders who will stand up to the extreme agenda unfolding in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Under the current anti-choice leadership, the House has taken eight votes on choice-related issues—the highest number in more than a decade,” Keenan said. “Suzanne Bonamici will counter legislative attacks like these in the future and stand up for a woman’s right to choose. Cornilles would simply be another anti-choice politician rubber stamping an agenda that opens the door to more political interference in women’s personal, private decisions and is out of touch with the district’s values and priorities.”
Among its legislative attacks on choice this year, the House voted to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate funding for Title X family-planning programs. The House also passed two extreme pieces of legislation, H.R.3 and H.R.358, both of which effectively ban insurance coverage of abortion in the new health-care system. H.R.3 could subject rape survivors who choose abortion care to audits by the Internal Revenue Service, and H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care to women who will die without it.