November 8, 2016 / Press Releases

NARAL congratulates Chris Van Hollen on his election to the U.S. Senate

November 8, 2016

Following Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s victory in his U.S. Senate race, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue and NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland Executive Director Diana Philip issued the following statements:

“NARAL is proud to congratulate Chris Van Hollen on his victory in his race for Senate,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Maryland’s next senator will always put women and families first. We know that, as a senator, Chris will protect our right to access the full range of reproductive health care, including contraception and abortion. Chris has always stood up to defend our reproductive rights from partisan attacks, and now he’ll continue this fight on behalf of Maryland families in the U.S. Senate. Congratulations to Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen!”

“Congressman Van Hollen has stood up for abortion providers in Maryland that are being harassed by anti-choice politicians in Congress who are obsessed with limiting—and ending—access to abortion,” said Diana Philip, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland. “He supported the Maryland Contraceptive Equity Act of 2016 to make birth control more accessible and affordable, and he makes the time to engage with pro-choice Marylanders. We are excited that such a strong advocate for reproductive freedom will be representing Marylanders in the U.S. Senate.”

NARAL was proud to endorse Rep. Van Hollen and to support his campaign for U.S. Senate. As Maryland’s next U.S. Senator, Van Hollen will continue the strong legacy of pro-choice champion Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Van Hollen’s record of standing up for women and families includes fighting back against partisan efforts to smear and defund Planned Parenthood, opposing a nationwide abortion ban at 20 weeks of pregnancy, and taking a strong stance in support of landmark legislation to lift harmful state restrictions on abortion access.

To see how NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought for reproductive freedom over the last year, watch here.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”


Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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