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November 4, 2020 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Celebrates Sen. Tina Smith’s Victory in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate Race


For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

Defeat of anti-choice, anti-freedom Republican candidate Jason Lewis is a win for Minnesotans and reproductive freedom

Minnesota Yesterday, voters in Minnesota reelected NARAL-endorsed Senator Tina Smith to the U.S. Senate. Sen. Smith’s victory over anti-choice, anti-freedom Republican Jason Lewis marks a huge win for reproductive freedom and maintains a critical seat in the U.S. Senate.

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

“We are proud to have endorsed Sen. Smith, a proven champion for reproductive freedom, and congratulate her on winning this critical race. We know that Sen. Smith will continue to be a fierce defender of our fundamental rights in the Senate—and we need elected officials like her now more than ever.”

NARAL endorsed Sen. Smith as part of its largest-ever electoral program designed to hold anti-choice, anti-freedom lawmakers accountable for rubber-stamping Donald Trump’s extreme ideological agenda. NARAL reached over 3 million voters in key states, including Minnesota, through its historic 2020 electoral program.

NARAL held fireside chats, meet-and-greet events, phone banks, and postcard-writing parties for Sen. Smith as well as Minnesota candidates for the U.S. House and state legislature.

Through its “Battleground Midwest: Voter Activation Alerts” program, NARAL reached 3,000 Minnesotans to highlight Republican candidate Jason Lewis’ egregious anti-choice record. NARAL’s Minnesota electoral program included NARAL staff and volunteers making 25,000 calls to voters. NARAL also held 15 events, activating 200 volunteers who not only made tens of thousands of calls, but also sent 56,000 text messages, and 5,700 postcards.

Sen. Smith is a dedicated public servant and a proud fighter for reproductive freedom. She stood up for reproductive rights when she served as both Minnesota Lieutenant Governor as well as the first vice president for external affairs for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.

Read more about NARAL’s endorsed candidates here.

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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.

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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