For Immediate Release: September 3, 2020
Incumbent U.S. Senator and Representative Earn Endorsement from Nation’s Leading Pro-Choice Advocacy Group to Represent Delaware in Congress
Washington, DC — Today NARAL Pro-Choice America announced its endorsement of incumbent Senator Chris Coons in the Delaware Democratic Primary and incumbent Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester in the November general election. Sen. Coons has served in the Senate since 2010 and has a 100% voting record from NARAL in the Congressional Record on Choice. Rep. Blunt Rochester has served as Delaware’s at-large representative since 2017 and has earned a 100% from NARAL in the Congressional Record on Choice.
“Senator Coons has a proven record of fighting for Delaware women and families and championing their values in the Senate,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America President llyse Hogue. “In the midst of Trump and the Republican Party’s all-out assault on reproductive freedom, we need Senator Coons in the Senate to fight back against unyielding anti-choice attacks. We are proud to endorse Senator Coons and look forward to continuing our work together to protect and expand reproductive freedom.”
“Representative Blunt Rochester is a champion for reproductive freedom who understands that every body must be free to make their own personal decisions about pregnancy without politicians interfering,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America President llyse Hogue. “Throughout her time in office, Representative Blunt Rochester has proven her commitment to protecting abortion access and putting women and families first. NARAL is proud to endorse a fighter like Representative Blunt Rochester and ensure that she can continue to stand up for our fundamental freedoms in Congress.”
“I am fully committed to protecting and expanding women’s reproductive freedom,” said Senator Chris Coons. “If we are to make good on our promise of ‘a more perfect union’, we must ensure that women have the right to control their own bodies and make their own health care decisions.”
“I am proud to receive the endorsement of NARAL and stand on the side of women across this country to ensure they have control over their own bodies,” said Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester. “We must fight to secure reproductive freedom for everyone and continue to support working parents in guaranteeing paid family leave. I am happy to stand alongside an outstanding organization like NARAL in this fight.”
During his time in elected office, Sen. Coons has pushed back against constant attacks on reproductive freedom, including by rejecting anti-choice judicial nominees like his recent vote against anti-choice judges Stephen McGlynn and David Dugan, and fighting against numerous attempts by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Rep. Rochester has fought tirelessly to protect and expand reproductive freedom during her time in the House of Representatives, voting against the Trump Administration’s domestic gag rule and other anti-choice bills that threaten reproductive freedom.
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.”