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August 29, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Congratulates Arizona Candidates on Primary Victories


NARAL Was an Early Supporter of Ann Kirkpatrick, Ruben Gallego, Tom O’Halleran

For Immediate Release: August 29, 2018
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

In a victory for women and families across Arizona, NARAL Pro-Choice America congratulates pro-choice champions Ann Kirkpatrick for winning her primary in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, Ruben Gallego for winning his primary in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District, and Tom O’Halleran for winning his primary in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.

“When candidates proudly stand up for their values, they win and our pro-choice champions proved that to be true in Arizona tonight,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America Political Director, Nicole Brener-Schmitz. “We know Ann Kirkpatrick, Ruben Gallego, and Tom O’Halleran will continue fighting until reproductive freedom is a reality for all Arizonans and we look forward to ensuring they are victorious on November 6th.”

Kirkpatrick was born and raised in rural Arizona. She grew up on an Apache reservation, moved to Tucson to get her college education, and has performed a lifetime of service for Arizona families. She also worked as a prosecutor, starting her career in the Pima County Attorney’s office, before going on to serve in Congress. She had 100% ratings from NARAL during her previous time in the House, and has been a key figure in the fight to protect Planned Parenthood from the GOP’s dangerous attacks.

As a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, Congressman Gallego has been an important ally in the fight to protect a woman’s reproductive rights and in the broader cause for full gender equality. Congressman Gallego has been a champion of the EACH Woman Act, which would require Medicare and Medicaid to include coverage for abortion and related services. He is also a strong supporter of the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would provide critical safeguards against federal interference with women’s access to contraception services, such as mandated waiting periods. From fighting to protect the Affordable Care Act to defending a woman’s right to choose to fighting for equal pay and paid family leave, Congressman Gallego has been an unwavering ally.

While in Congress, O’Halleran voted against an unconstitutional abortion ban, and fought hard to protect access to abortion for women across the country. He has been a vocal advocate for protecting the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act, understanding the critical role it plays in allowing women to chart their own futures and destinies. O’Halleran is a member of the Blue Dog Caucus.

NARAL’s political program for the 2018 general election is the organization’s largest ever midterm political program to advance candidates fighting for “our values, our future, our vote.” NARAL is investing in diverse candidates up and down the ballot in 19 states, mobilizing members and voters through mail, phones, digital ads, door to door canvassing, TV ads, and rallies that hold anti-choice candidates accountable and lift up pro-choice champions. To read more about NARAL’s endorsed candidates, click 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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