FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2012
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Honors Champions, Vows to Fight for Two Key Senate SeatsPro-choice organization endorses 22 candidates and makes $51,000 in contributions
Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, this morning announced the first round of endorsements for the 2012 cycle from her organization’s political action committee at a Capitol Hill event. The endorsements include two candidates in races for Senate seats and key leaders in the fight against an extreme anti-choice agenda in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 2011, the House held eight votes on choice-related issues, the highest number in more than a decade. Fortunately, the Senate blocked the anti-choice measures from advancing, including one bill that would allow hospitals to deny emergency abortion care to women who would die without it.
“In the last year, Americans have seen why it’s critical to elect leaders who share our pro-choice values,” Keenan said. “Under Speaker John Boehner, the House has made attacking choice a priority at the expense of our country’s other challenges, including the economy. We are proud to honor leaders who stand up for women’s freedom and privacy in the face of these legislative attacks. We also must ensure the Senate continues to serve as the firewall against an agenda that’s out of touch with our nation’s values and priorities.”
Keenan said NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed two pro-choice champions, Reps. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Shelley Berkley of Nevada, who are running for the U.S. Senate.
“We look forward to Reps. Baldwin and Berkley moving from the House to the Senate,” Keenan said. “They are strong advocates for a woman’s right to choose. We need even more pro-choice senators who, like the majority of Americans, value freedom and privacy.”
The PAC also endorsed a slate of key pro-choice leaders in the House: Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). The PAC also endorsed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Whip Steny Hoyer.
“Our priority is to elect pro-choice champions and defeat opponents of women’s freedom and privacy,” Keenan said. “We are prepared for campaign battle in 2012 and will mobilize our one million member activists in support of candidates who will stand with our allies in countering legislative attacks on a woman’s right to choose.”
In addition, NARAL Pro-Choice America recently released findings from a survey in key battleground states that shows that a key block of women voters is resistant to a candidate with extreme anti-choice views: http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/elections/elections-press-releases/2012/pr11092011_battleground-poll.html.
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.
Rachel Boyer, 202.973.3032