August 10, 2018 / Press Releases

36 Candidates Commit to Fight to Make Abortion Legal in All 50 States if Brett Kavanaugh is Confirmed

Support for NARAL’s Ask to #CommitToRoe Continues to Grow as Candidates Join in from the Campaign Trail

For Immediate Release: August 10, 2018
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With Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court, abortion rights and Roe v. Wade are in grave danger. That’s why 36 candidates running for elected office across the country have joined in for NARAL’s ask that candidates and House members #CommitToRoe and fight to make abortion legal in all 50 states if Kavanaugh is confirmed. The 36 candidates join the list of more than 100 House members who have already joined in to #CommitToRoe.

Mike Pence promised on the campaign trail that if Trump won, “We’ll see Roe v. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs.” President Trump promised to only nominate Supreme Court justices who will work to end Roe v. Wade “automatically.” Kavanaugh was chosen because he lived up to Trump’s litmus test and will be a vote to end Roe v. Wade, criminalize abortion, and punish women.

Now, candidates and House members alike are fighting back. Support for Roe v Wade has hit historic highs—and all signs point to voters being more likely to vote for a candidate who supports a woman’s reproductive freedom than one who opposes it. Following a wave of commitment from sitting members in the House, 36 candidates and counting have joined in the commitment to abortion rights in races across the country. They stand with women and families everywhere as they #CommitToRoe and promise to fight to make abortion legal in all 50 states if Kavanaugh is confirmed.

You can see the full commitment here:

“7 in 10 Americans believe women should have access to abortion care and be trusted to make our own decision about our own families. Yet, Donald Trump has committed to replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court with a Justice who will end the landmark decision in Roe v Wade, criminalize abortion and punish women. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade, or guts the protections the decision grants, abortion could be illegal or unavailable, nationwide, as it is in so many states already. The ACA is also at stake with a Trump appointed Justice. More than 20 million Americans could lose access to healthcare, in particular people of color and low income families. If Donald Trump is successful in getting his nominee through, only Congress, through passing legislation, will be able to ensure women’s fundamental freedom to make our own personal decisions and to access to reproductive healthcare.”

Commitment: “If the Senate confirms this or any Supreme Court Justice who will end Roe v Wade, criminalize abortion, and abolish the ACA, I commit to support legislation that will make abortion available in all 50 states.”

“A vote for Brett Kavanaugh is a vote to gut Roe, criminalize abortion and punish women—PERIOD,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America Political Director Nicole Brener-Schmitz. “If Roe is overturned, women will be forced to stay pregnant, even if it risks our lives, our health, and our futures. This isn’t about politics, it is about the lives of our daughters, sisters, mothers and granddaughters. We are very pleased that candidates running for office around the country, in addition to the more than 100 House members, understand what’s at stake for the people in their districts and are making clear that they will fight for women and families if elected to office.”

Polling shows time and again that the majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade, and that overturning Roe v Wade is widely unpopular:

  • Last month, a poll from NBC News/Wall Street Journalfound that support for Roe has hit an alltime high, including that 71 percent of American voters believe Roe should not be overturned, and that the majority of Republicans oppose Roe being overturned.
  • Voters also say that they are more likely to vote for a political candidate who supports abortion rights rather than for one who opposes them. 44 percent of voters said they would be more likely to vote for a pro-choice candidate, while 26 percent said they would be more likely to support a candidate who backs restrictions on abortion.
  • A June 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation pollshows that two thirds of Americans don’t want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe.

Below is the full list so far of candidates and Members who have joined in this commitment, and the list continues to grow:


Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02)

Katie Porter (CA-45)

Katie Hill (CA-25)

Mike Levin (CA-49)

Gil Cisneros (CA-39)

Joe Neguse (CO-02)

Jason Crow (CO-06)

Debbie Mucarsel Powell (FL-26)

Lauren Baer (FL-18)

Mary Barzee Flores (FL-25)

Abby Finkenauer (IA-01)

Cindy Axne (IA-03)

Sean Casten (IL-06)

Gretchen Driskell (MI-07)

Angie Craig (MN-02)

Dean Phillips (MN-03)

Cort VanOstran (MO-02)

Kara Eastman (NE-02)

Maura Sullivan (NH-01)

Tom Malinowski (NJ-07)

Andy Kim (NJ-03)

Deb Haaland (NM-01)

Susie Lee (NV-03)

Steven Horsford (NV-04)

Joe Morelle (NY-25)

Max Rose (NY-11)

Antonio Delgado (NY-19)

Perry Gershon (NY-01)

Danny O’Connor (OH-12)

Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06)

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (TX-07)

Colin Allred (TX-32)

Abigail Spanberger (VA-07)

Elaine Luria (VA-02)

Jennifer Wexton (VA-10)

Randy Bryce (WI-01)



Ruben Gallego (AZ-07)

Raul Grijalva (AZ-03)

Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)

Pete Aguilar (CA-31)

Jared Huffman (CA-02)

Nanette Barragan (CA-44)

Karen Bass (CA-37)

Ami Bera (CA-07)

Julia Brownley (CA-26)

Salud Carbajal (CA-24)

Tony Cardenas (CA-29)

Judy Chu (CA-27)

Susan Davis (CA-53)

Anna Eshoo (CA-18)

Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)

Ro Khanna (CA-17)

Barbara Lee (CA-13)

Ted Lieu (CA-33)

Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)

Doris Matsui (CA-06)

Grace Napolitano (CA-32)

Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)

Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)

Scott Peters (CA-52)

Jackie Speier (CA-14)

Eric Swalwell (CA-15)

Mark Takano (CA-41)

Mike Thompson (CA-05)

Norma Torres (CA-35)

Juan Vargas (CA-51)

Diana DeGette (CO-01)

Ed Perlmutter (CO-07)

Jared Polis (CO-02)

Joe Courtney (CT-02)

Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)

Jim Himes (CT-04)

Blunt Rochester (DE-AL)

Charlie Crist (FL-13)

Lois Frankel (FL-21)

Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)

Wasserman-Schultz (FL-23)

Darren Soto (FL-09)

Danny Davis (IL-07)

Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)

Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08)

Mike Quigley (IL-05)

Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)

Andre Carson (IN-07)

Dave Loebsack (IA-02)

John Yarmuth (KY-03)

Anthony Brown (MD-04)

Steny Hoyer (MD-05)

Jamie Raskin (MD-08)

Michael Capuano (MA-07)

Katherine Clark (MA-05)

Joe Kennedy (MA-04)

Jim McGovern (MA-02)

Niki Tsongas (MA-03)

Dan Kildee (MI-05)

Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)

Keith Ellison (MN-05)

Betty McCollum (MN-04)

Jacky Rosen (NV-03)

Dina Titus (NV-01)

Carol Shea Porter (NH-01)

Anne McLane Kuster (NH-02)

Bonnie Coleman (NJ-12)

Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05)

Donald Norcross (NJ-01)

Frank Pallone (NJ-06)

Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)

Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03)

Yvette Clarke (NY-09)

Joe Crowley (NY-14)

Eliot Engel (NY-16)

Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)

Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08)

Nita Lowey (NY-17)

Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)

Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)

Grace Meng (NY-06)

Jerry Nadler (NY-10)

Kathleen Rice (NY-04)

Tom Suozzi (NY-03)

Paul Tonko (NY-20)

Nydia Velazquez (NY-07)

Alma Adams (NC-12)

Tom Price (NC-04)

Joyce Beatty (OH-03)

Tim Ryan (OH-13)

Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)

Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

Peter DeFazio (OR-04)

Brendan Boyle (PA-13)

Steve Cohen (TN-09)

Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)

Marc Veasey (TX-33)

Peter Welch (VT-AL)

Don Beyer (VA-08)

Gerry Connolly (VA-11)

Stacey Plaskett (VI-AL)

Suzan DelBene (WA-01)

Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)

Rick Larsen (WA-02)

Adam Smith (WA-09)

Gwen Moore (WI-04)

Mark Pocan (WI-02)

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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