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May 1, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Endorses Senator Sherrod Brown for Re-election


Incumbent Ohio Senator Earns Endorsement from Nation’s Leading Pro-Choice Advocacy Group

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2018
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced its endorsement of Sen. Sherrod Brown in his campaign against Congressman Jim Renacci for re-election to represent Ohio in the Senate. 

“Senator Brown is a champion for Ohio women and families, and we are proud to endorse his re-election,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “For years, Senator Brown has been an outspoken and consistent ally, leading the fight to make reproductive freedom a reality for women and families across Ohio and beyond. With increasing barriers to accessing reproductive healthcare in Ohio, we need champions like Sherrod Brown who will fight back against the barrage of attacks on every level. Sherrod Brown has been a leader in the fight for reproductive freedom and we are thrilled to support him along with all of our NARAL members across the state of Ohio.”

“The rights of women and families are under constant fire from the GOP in Ohio and we need leadership we can count on from unabashed pro-choice champions like Senator Sherrod Brown,” said NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director, Kellie Copeland. “Sherrod Brown has never backed down from the fight to safeguard and expand our reproductive freedom. We can count on him to set the bar for leaders across the state at every level and we are proud to endorse his re-election.”

“NARAL members are activists leading the fights to protect women’s reproductive rights and promote economic justice in the workplace,” said Senator Sherrod Brown. “They are organizing, speaking up, and holding Washington Republicans accountable for trying to interfere in decisions that should be kept between a woman and her doctor. I’m proud to have earned NARAL’s endorsement, and will continue to work with them to protect and promote fundamental rights like women’s access to quality, affordable healthcare.”

The state of Ohio is in crisis when it comes to accessing reproductive health care including abortion. With extreme a GOP-controlled legislature, anti-choice actors have had free reign to pass cruel and unnecessary legislation that aim to erode a woman’s right to choose. The GOP most recently introduced a bill that would punish women and doctors who utilize certain family planning services. It’s in states like Ohio where women and families need a powerful and compassionate ally like Senator Sherrod Brown who will never stop fighting for their most basic rights.

Sherrod Brown has spent his career advancing the rights of women and families. Brown believes a woman’s reproductive health decisions are between her and her doctor, and he’s repeatedly opposed efforts to take away that freedom. He has also worked to maintain and expand access to affordable birth control and family planning services, including championing efforts to defeat Republican attacks on Planned Parenthood. From protecting a woman’s right to choose to advocating for victims of human trafficking and sexual harassment, Brown’s record has earned him the support of women across Ohio and across the country who know that he will continue fighting for women’s equality and opportunity.

Brown consistently earns the support of leading women’s groups around the country. He holds a 100% voting record from NARAL Pro-Choice America since joining the Senate.

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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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