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August 5, 2020 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Endorses Jesse Mermell for Congress in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District


For Immediate Release: August 5, 2020

Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

Jesse Mermell Earns Endorsement from Nation’s Leading Pro-Choice Advocacy Group Ahead of Primary Election

Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America announced its endorsement of Jesse Mermell in her bid to represent Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District. Mermell is a former Brookline Select Board Member seeking to fill the seat currently held by Rep. Joe Kennedy III.

“Jesse Mermell is an outspoken champion for women and families and we know she will tirelessly advocate for reproductive freedom in Congress,” said Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Our fundamental freedoms hang in the balance, but Jesse will stand strong in the face of incessant anti-choice attacks. The stakes for reproductive freedom could not be higher in 2020, and it is critical we protect our pro-choice majority in the House.”

“The voters of the Massachusetts Fourth Congressional District need an exceptional congressperson to represent them in Washington, DC and Jesse Mermell is that person,” said Rebecca Hart Holder, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. “Throughout her career, she has gone above and beyond in the fight for reproductive freedom. From her work at Planned Parenthood, her support for the ROE Act at the Alliance for Business Leadership, to her ongoing work to expose fake women’s health centers, Jesse has shown us over and over that she is a champion for reproductive freedom. Jesse’s proven leadership is exactly what we need from elected officials in Massachusetts.”

“I’ve fought for reproductive health as an advocate, a volunteer, and as a staffer. As our reproductive rights and access to safe, legal abortion are under attack from all angles, it is not enough to simply elect people who will say the right things and vote the right way. We need champions for reproductive freedom. We need leaders who have done the work on the frontlines and know what it takes to win,” said Jesse Mermell. “The fight for reproductive freedom has been the fight of my life. I’m determined to bring this fight to Congress and straight to Donald Trump and his cronies with NARAL as my partner.”

Jesse Mermell previously served as a Brookline Select Board Member, advisor to Governor Deval Patrick, and senior leader at Planned Parenthood. She is committed to fighting to protect and expand reproductive freedom in the state of Massachusetts and across the country.

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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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