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October 18, 2012

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Sends More Than $600,000 to Pro-Choice Candidates to Date

Leading pro-choice group also rolls out online voter guide with information on all federal candidates

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced that her organization’s political action committee has contributed more than $600,000 this cycle to pro-choice candidates in federal races to date. These PAC contributions top the PAC’s totals in 2010 and almost doubles them from 2008.

“Clearly, we cannot afford to take these elections for granted when so much is at stake,” said Keenan. “A War on Women is raging with an unprecedented wave of divisive legislative attacks and rhetoric designed to take away a woman’s right to choose. NARAL Pro-Choice America proudly stands behind fully pro-choice leaders and candidates who are committed to protecting the fundamental values of freedom and privacy.”

The PAC contributed to pro-choice members of Congress seeking to move to the U.S. Senate, including Rep. Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin; Rep. Shelley Berkley in Nevada; Rep. Chris Murphy in Connecticut; Rep. Mazie Hirono in Hawaii; and Rep. Martin Heinrich in New Mexico.

In other key races, the PAC also contributed to challengers running for Senate seats, including Richard Carmona in Arizona and Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, as well as challengers running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives: Shelly Adler in New Jersey’s 3rd District; Patrick Murphy in Florida’s 18th District; Brad Schneider in Illinois’ 10th District; and Christie Vilsack in Iowa’s 4th District.

This latest round of 2012 PAC contributions coincides with the organization’s release of an online voter guide that features information on where candidates running for the House and Senate stand on choice. NARAL Pro-Choice America determined choice positions based on research and, in some cases, verifiable information provided by candidates or their committees.

A recent Gallup poll found that abortion rights are currently the top issue among women voters. NARAL Pro-Choice America’s voter guide serves as a key resource for voters, especially for those who find pro-choice values a fundamental issue in this election.

“At this point in the campaign season, voters are very attentive to issues on which there’s a clear difference between candidates—and choice is one of those issues,” Keenan continued. “We want to make sure the contrast is clear to voters who have not yet made up their minds. Voters don’t want politicians interfering in our personal, private medical decisions, and we agree.”

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