NARAL Pro-Choice America Endorses Patricia Ackerman for Congress
For Immediate Release: August 12, 2020
Candidate for Nevada’s Second Congressional District Earns Endorsement from Nation’s Leading Pro-Choice Advocacy Group
NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced its endorsement of Patricia Ackerman in her campaign to be elected U.S. Representative for Nevada’s Second Congressional District. Ackerman is seeking to flip the seat currently held by anti-choice, anti-freedom Republican incumbent Representative Mark Amodei.
“NARAL is proud to endorse Patricia Ackerman, who will be a fierce advocate for reproductive freedom in Congress,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue. “The stakes for reproductive freedom are higher than ever, and flipping this seat will be critical for holding and expanding a majority in the House of Representatives that will reflect the 77% of Americans who support the right to abortion.”
“NARAL and our 44,000 members in Nevada are thrilled to throw our full support behind Patricia Ackerman in her campaign to unseat Rep. Amodei,” said NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada Director Caroline Mello Roberson. “Patricia is a passionate community leader and advocate who can be trusted to stand up for the overwhelming majority of Nevadans who support reproductive freedom. As a devoted member of NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada, we have seen firsthand her tireless commitment to safeguarding and expanding abortion access. Unlike Rep. Amodei, Patricia will fight to ensure that Silver State values of freedom, dignity, and compassion are truly represented in Congress.”
“This upcoming election is about something more than just politics. Our fundamental right to exercise full autonomy over our own bodies is at stake,” said Patricia Ackerman. “NARAL Pro-Choice America and its 2.5 million members are leaders in the fight to safeguard reproductive freedom for future generations. I am honored to have their endorsement. This is our chance to bring another pro-choice voice into Nevada’s Congressional delegation.”
Patricia Ackerman is a community advocate, activist, and retired high altitude mountaineer. She has led volunteer and organizing efforts across Northern Nevada to support the work of various advocacy organizations, including NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada. She is one of the founding members of the NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada chapter and has been a vital voice in Carson City pushing for reproductive freedom. Her activism has included testifying at public hearings, organizing rallies, and countless hours spent canvassing and phone banking.
Ackerman’s opponent, Republican incumbent Rep. Mark Amodei, is an anti-choice, anti-freedom conservative who has earned a 0% score in NARAL’s Congressional Record on Choice. As Congressman he has voted to ban and criminalize abortion, to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act, and to rescind Title X protections, which help support family planning and reproductive health services for low-income North Carolinians.
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.”