FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2013
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses Rep. Ed Markey in Special Primary Election for U.S. SenateThe organization fights to keep the U.S. Senate in the pro-choice column
Washington, D.C. – Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced today that the organization’s political action committee endorsed Rep. Ed Markey in his special primary election for Massachusetts’ open seat in the U.S. Senate.
"I am proud to have NARAL Pro-Choice America endorse my candidacy,” said Rep. Markey. “I strongly support a woman’s right to choose and believe women should have access to the full range of reproductive-health care choices. With reproductive rights under constant attack, women across the country and in Massachusetts need a champion on these issues in the Senate. I've spent three decades fighting for women's freedom of choice, and I will continue this track record if elected to the Senate."
“Rep. Markey is the only candidate in this race with a steadfast commitment to protecting reproductive freedom and privacy,” Hogue said. “Markey shares the widely-held belief that women are capable of making their own health-care decisions without interference from politicians. Despite considerable losses in the 2012 election cycle, anti-choice politicians continue their relentless attacks on women’s reproductive rights. We 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. Ed Markey is the only candidate in this race who women can trust to defend their reproductive rights and we proudly support his campaign. We will do all we can to make sure that our Massachusetts members know he is the reliable ally they should support on April 30.”
Hogue said NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has given the maximum contribution of $5,000 to a special primary election and will work with Megan Amundson, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, to organize activists and provide on-the-ground support for Ed Markey’s campaign.
Amundson praised the endorsement and said Markey would build on his record as an effective leader for reproductive rights.
"Ed Markey is a champion for women's reproductive choice," Amundson said. "As a member of the House, Ed has shown an unwavering commitment through some of the most intense attacks against reproductive freedom. NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts holds Ed Markey in the highest esteem and we are proud that NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has endorsed his candidacy."
For more information about NARAL Pro-Choice America’s electoral work, please visit our Elections page.