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September 7, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Endorses Jahana Hayes for Congress


For Immediate Release: September 07, 2018
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced its endorsement of Jahana Hayes in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District.

“We are confident that Jahana Hayes will be a pro-choice leader for Connecticut’s 5th district,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “With Roe v. Wade in jeopardy and our rights under constant attack, women and families in Connecticut need a champion like Jahana Hayes in Congress. We are committed to ensuring that she wins this November.”

“Deciding when and if a woman should have children is a deeply personal choice that government has no business making for any woman,” said Hayes. “Maintaining this fundamental right ensures that women can make the best decision for themselves and their families, as it should be. I’m honored to receive the endorsement of NARAL, an organization that fights for this principle every day and also advocates for critical women’s health issues like birth control access and paid family medical leave.”

Jahana Hayes is a lifelong community advocate, dedicated to ensuring a woman’s right to choose. Hayes grew up in the Berkeley Heights housing project, where her family struggled with addiction. As a young mother, Hayes worked her way through community college. In 2016, she was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year by President Obama, and was encouraged by Senator Chris Murphy to run for Congress. She currently works as a professional development supervisor for the Waterbury Public Schools.

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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