October 24, 2019 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Releases New Ad Campaign Hitting Bevin For Wanting To Punish Women

Digital Ads Will Run Through Election Day

Ads Follow New Polling That Shows Criminalization of Abortion Is Unpopular Among Kentucky Voters


For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 24, 2019 

Contact: Doug Gordon 202.494.5141 | [email protected] 


Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America announced a new ad campaign targeting Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin for wanting to criminalize abortion and punish women. The digital ad campaign will run between now and election day. The ad campaign follows new polling from Public Policy Polling that shows criminalizing abortion is unpopular among Kentucky voters.

You can see the digital ads here.

A new poll of Kentucky voters found: 

  • Criminalization of abortion is unpopular among Kentucky voters, with 17% saying they would only vote for a candidate who supports criminalizing abortion and punishing women who obtain one.
  • A majority of Democrats (71%) and independents (62%), and 45% of Republicans in Kentucky believe that abortion should be legal and that the government should not prevent a woman from making the decision for herself.
  • A majority of Democrats (62%) and independents (57%) and a plurality of Republicans (47%) are more likely to vote for a candidate who would allow abortion later in pregnancy when something goes wrong, such as a fetus that cannot survive, danger to a woman’s life or health, or other serious circumstances.

You can see the polling memo here.

“Governor Bevin has advanced an extreme agenda that punishes women and strips away our fundamental freedoms at all costs,” said Adrienne Kimmell, Chief Research & Communications Officer of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Voters have a clear choice in this election, do they want to criminalize abortion and punish women or not. Our ad campaign will remind voters of this everyday between now and election day.”


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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