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July 20, 2020 / Press Releases

NARAL Response to the Passing of Civil Rights Hero Rep. John Lewis


For Immediate Release: July 18, 2020

Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement today, following the passing of longtime U.S. Representative and civil rights icon John Lewis:

“John Lewis embodied everything we strive to be in our collective fight for freedom, equality, and justice in this country. He was an unwavering champion for civil rights, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom and justice. We are forever indebted to and grateful for his example in leadership, and are inspired by his endless hope, compassion, and fearlessness, even during the darkest of times.  

We extend our deepest love and condolences to Congressman Lewis’ loved ones and I, NARAL, and the entire NARAL family pledge to honor his legacy by making ‘good trouble’ and never backing down from the pursuit of equality and justice.”

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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.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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