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January 7, 2020 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Endorses Dan Feehan for Congress


Candidate Seeking to Flip Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District to Blue Earns Endorsement from Nation’s Leading Pro-Choice Advocacy Group

For Immediate Release: January 7, 2020
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced its endorsement of Dan Feehan in his bid to represent Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Feehan is a fifth generation Minnesotan who served as an active duty soldier in Iraq before moving home to teach middle school. Feehan later served as an acting Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon under President Barack Obama. Feehan is seeking to unseat anti-choice Republican incumbent Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who was among the group of anti-choice lawmakers who signed onto an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to consider overturning Roe v. Wade.

“We are proud to endorse Dan Feehan, who has proven that he will be the champion that women and families in Minnesota need,” said Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Feehan has dedicated his life to serving others, and he knows that Minnesotans, like the vast majority of Americans, believe women should be able to make their own decisions about pregnancy with the support of those they love and trust. With reproductive freedom is under attack across the country, we need strong, compassionate leaders like Dan Feehan on our side in Congress.” 

“Dan Feehan is the type of candidate that we are excited about at NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota,” said Maggie Meyer, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota. “He understands that our freedoms must include reproductive freedom and that when politicians pit us against each other, it betrays our Minnesota values. We’re proud to support his campaign, and eager to see the First Congressional District lead by someone who represents our values once again.”

“Personal healthcare decisions should be left up to an individual and their doctor — not politicians,” said Dan Feehan. “In Congress, I will be a staunch ally in the fight to grant women of all backgrounds equal access to quality care, family planning services and unbiased medical information. We must also champion policies for paid parental leave and insist on protections from pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.”

Feehan also ran to represent Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District in 2018 and lost by just 1,315 votes to anti-choice Rep. Jim Hagedorn.

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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 2.5 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.”

 

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