For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Kansas — Today, reproductive freedom champion and Kansas State Senator Dr. Barbara Bollier lost in her bid to represent Kansas in the U.S. Senate.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement in response:
“Though we’re disappointed in today’s results, NARAL Pro-Choice America is proud to have backed Dr. Barbara Bollier in her bid to represent Kansas in the U.S. Senate. Over the course of this race, Dr. Bollier recognized exactly what was at stake for women and families when it comes to reproductive freedom, and she vocally championed our fundamental rights. Make no mistake: Though this race may be over, NARAL will never stop fighting to defeat anti-choice, anti-freedom politicians like Rep. Roger Marshall. We will be watching Marshall, and will continue to hold him accountable for his out-of-touch agenda.”
Dr. Bollier was elected to represent Kansas’ 7th State Senate District in 2016 after serving three terms in the Kansas House of Representatives. A physician, Dr. 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.”
Rep. Marshall is 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.
In the 2020 election cycle, NARAL Pro-Choice America ran its largest-ever electoral program designed to reach, persuade, and mobilize key voters in target states across the country who are motivated by Trump and Republicans’ unyielding attacks on reproductive freedom.
Read more about NARAL’s endorsed candidates here.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters have fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom—including access to abortion, contraception, and paid family leave—for every body. NARAL is powered by its more than 2.5 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 7 in 10 Americans who believe every person should have the freedom to make the best decision for themselves about if, when, and how to raise a family.