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November 6, 2012

NARAL Pro-Choice America Celebrates the Return of Pro-Choice Champions to U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, congratulated U.S. Senate incumbents endorsed by the organization’s political action committee for their successful re-election bids.

“I extend my sincere congratulations to our pro-choice champions in the U.S. Senate for running such successful campaigns,” Keenan said. “They have served as the firewall keeping anti-choice measures off the president’s desk. Time and again, they fight to protect our right to choose, playing an especially important role in light of the House’s War on Women these past years.”

Pro-choice leaders returning to the U.S. Senate include: U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), among others.

“One critical part of our mission is to elect pro-choice champions and defeat opponents of women’s right to choose,” Keenan said. “As we usher in the 113th Congress, we look forward to continuing our work with these pro-choice allies in countering legislative attacks on women’s fundamental rights.”

During the 2012 election cycle, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC spent more than $3.3 million to support President Obama, incumbent pro-choice senators and congressional representatives and challengers running in states and districts throughout the country. This amount includes more than more than $700,000 in direct contributions to federal candidates and committees; nearly $200,000 on member communications; and more than $1.3 million on independent-expenditure activity.

NARAL Pro-Choice America’s independent expenditure program included mail, phones, television, and Internet advertising to reach 338,020 targeted pro-choice Obama defector voters in 25 counties within nine battleground states: CO, FL, IA, NC, NH, NV, OH, VA, WI. These “defectors” are women voters who supported President Obama in 2008, but were unsure or not planning to support his re-election.

Get more information about NARAL Pro-Choice America’s electoral activities and other NARAL-endorsed candidates who also won their races.


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