March 13, 2017 / Press Releases

NARAL Endorses Ralph Northam for Virginia Governor

Citing his long history of championing reproductive freedom, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia announce joint endorsement at women’s health clinic.

March 13, 2017

Falls Church, VA – Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia announced their joint endorsement of Lt. Governor Dr. Ralph Northam to be Virginia’s next governor.

Flanked by dozens of supporters and women’s health providers at the Falls Church Women’s Health Clinic, NARAL lauded Lt. Governor Northam as a steadfast champion for reproductive rights, including the right to access abortion care, throughout his political career.

“Since his first run for office, Lt. Governor Northam has been a leader that Virginia women and families can trust because he trusts them to make their own personal medical decisions. Dr. Northam has proven himself time and again to be an effective and unapologetic defender and advocate of reproductive freedom in Virginia,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “With Donald Trump in the White House and the Virginia House and Senate controlled by anti-choice legislators, we are facing unprecedented attacks on a woman’s health and rights. That’s why we need Ralph Northam as our governor. He is unwavering in his commitment to protect and advance reproductive rights and has and will never shy away from a tough fight. We know he has our back. It has been an honor to work with Ralph Northam through the years, and we are thrilled to throw our full support behind him to be the next governor of Virginia.”

“For his entire career, including when he led the fight against the invasive transvaginal ultrasound law here in Virginia, Ralph Northam has always put women and families first,” said China Dickerson, deputy political director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Ralph has proven he’ll take on the tough battles and stand up to those who threaten our basic rights, including access to abortion and basic reproductive health care. Ralph Northam is a champion for our reproductive freedom which is why NARAL is proud to stand with him as we fight for women and families across Virginia.”

“I am honored to receive NARAL’s endorsement,” said Lt. Governor Northam. “Now more than ever, it’s imperative Virginia remains a brick wall to attacks on reproductive rights and access to healthcare – I’ve never wavered on these issues and I never will. As governor, I’ll continue to be a steadfast partner in NARAL’s mission to defend women’s ability to make their own economic and reproductive decisions.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia will use the full force of their grassroots organizing and fundraising power to elect Ralph Northam as Virginia’s next governor.

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.”


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