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August 5, 2020 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Congratulates Barbara Bollier on Her Victory in Kansas’ Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate


For Immediate Release: August 5, 2020

Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

State Senator for Kansas’ 7th Senate District will face off against anti-choice, anti-freedom Republican candidate Rep. Roger Marshall in November

Yesterday, state Senator Barbara Bollier won Kansas’ Democratic primary for the United States Senate. She will now face off against anti-choice, anti-freedom Republican candidate Rep. Roger Marshall in the November general election.

In response to Bollier’s primary victory, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement:

“At this pivotal moment in our nation’s history, Kansans need a leader who they can trust to fight for them and prioritize their safety, health, and wellbeing. If there’s anything the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear, it’s that doctors fight tirelessly for their patients and for public health and we need their voices front and center to help guide us through this long road to recovery. As a physician, state Senator Bollier understands the importance of evidence-based healthcare and grounding decisions in data, plus ensuring access to the full range of reproductive healthcare, including contraception and abortion care. Amid this unprecedented public health crisis, Sen. Bollier’s leadership and expertise will be critical for standing strong against anti-freedom, anti-science ideologues in the U.S. Senate, who have proven time and again that there is no depth they won’t sink to in pursuit of their extreme and out-of-touch agenda. NARAL and our 17,000 members in Kansas congratulate Sen. Bollier on her primary victory, and come November we look forward to sending her to Congress.”

Bollier was elected to represent Kansas’ 7th Senate District in 2016 after serving three terms in the Kansas House of Representatives. She is now seeking to fill the seat being vacated by retiring anti-choice Republican Senator Pat Roberts.

A physician, Bollier has repeatedly drawn on her medical background to counter extreme Republican-led attacks on reproductive freedom. In 2011, she spoke out and voted against an extreme ban on abortion that was based on disinformation, stating that she would “be embarrassed to be a state that bases its laws on untruths.” In 2019, she stood up and fought against a dangerous bill that would force doctors to provide false information about medication abortion to their patients, arguing that “it is not appropriate for the Legislature to practice medicine or mandate how a physician practices medicine.”

Bollier will now face off against Republican nominee Rep. Roger Marshall, a staunch anti-choice, anti-freedom extremist. Marshall currently represents Kansas’ First Congressional District and has earned a 0% score from NARAL in the Congressional Record on Choice.

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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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