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July 15, 2019 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Endorses Mark Kelly for U.S. Senate


Arizona Senate Challenger Earns Endorsement from Nation’s Leading Pro-Choice Advocacy Group to Unseat Martha McSally, Backer of Trump’s Anti-Choice Judges

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2019
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced its endorsement of Mark Kelly in his campaign for U.S. Senate against incumbent Republican Senator Martha McSally, an ally of extreme anti-choice groups who has repeatedly voted for Trump’s anti-choice judicial nominees. Kelly has pledged to stand up for reproductive freedom, while McSally’s votes to confirm anti-choice judges alongside her Republican allies limited doctors’ ability to refer care and restricted health clinics’ access to Title X funding, which helps support family planning and reproductive health services access for 36,402 Arizonans.

“With Republicans in Congress like Martha McSally launching extreme new attacks on our fundamental rights, we need strong advocates like Mark Kelly who will fight for reproductive freedom in Washington,” said Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Mark will stand up against these attacks because he understands that women, not politicians, should be able to make our own decisions about if, when, and with whom to start and grow our families. Martha McSally has backed Trump’s reckless judicial nominees who are hellbent on gutting Roe v. Wade and ending access to reproductive health care for millions of Americans. We’re proud to endorse Mark Kelly’s campaign because Arizonans deserve elected officials who fight for their values.”

“These proposals across the country undermine Roe v. Wade and access to health care for women everywhere,” said Kelly. “Uncompromising politicians are threatening a woman’s right to choose and I won’t stand for it. Neither will NARAL, which is why I am proud to have their support as we work to protect and expand critical access to reproductive health care.”

Mark Kelly is a former astronaut and U.S. Navy captain and husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. He is a proud supporter of reproductive freedom and believes that women, not politicians, should be able to make their own decisions about their families and their futures. His opponent, Senator Martha McSally, has supported extreme anti-choice positions in Congress since she was appointed to the seat after losing her Senate campaign in 2018. NARAL is proud to endorse Kelly’s campaign to replace McSally in the Senate with a fighter for reproductive freedom.

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NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked 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. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom. 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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