For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Nation’s leading reproductive freedom advocacy group endorses 12 incumbents
Washington, DC — Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America announced its endorsement of 12 incumbents running for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections. Each of these Congressional leaders has demonstrated their strong commitment to fighting for reproductive freedom in this pivotal moment.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju released the following statement:
“We are proud to endorse these leaders for reproductive freedom who are ready to meet this moment of crisis with bold action to safeguard our rights. As the right to abortion faces an existential threat, it is more important than ever that we have representatives in Congress who will fight for a world where everybody can make their own decisions about their lives, families, and futures. We trust that each of these leaders will continue to fight for the values of the overwhelming majority of people in the United States who support the freedom to decide if, when, and how to start or grow a family.”
- Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)
- Josh Harder (CA-10)
- Sharice Davids (KS-03)
- Jared Golden (ME-02)
- Elissa Slotkin (MI-08)
- Angie Craig (MN-02)
- Chris Pappas (NH-01)
- Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11)
- Steven Horsford (NV-04)
- Antonio Delgado (NY-19)
- Elaine Luria (VA-02)
- Abigail Spanberger (VA-07)
These endorsements come as anti-choice, anti-freedom lawmakers have ramped up their attacks on abortion access with the goal of ultimately overturning Roe v. Wade. So far in 2021, 106 restrictions on abortion access have been enacted at the state level, making it the worst year for abortion rights since Roe was decided. These restrictions and bans on abortion care block or push access out of reach for many. These burdens disproportionately fall on those already facing the most significant barriers to accessing care due to systemic racism and inequities, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and other people of color; those working to make ends meet; members of the LGBTQ community; immigrants; young people; those living in rural communities; and people with disabilities.
In the midst of the anti-choice movement’s unrelenting attacks on access to abortion care, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments earlier this month in two cases regarding Texas’ vigilante-enforced ban on abortion before many people know they are pregnant (SB 8). The cases—Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson and United States v. Texas—focus on SB 8’s unprecedented enforcement mechanism and whether the Department of Justice has the authority to bring a challenge to the Texas law.
The threat to the future of legal abortion is looming larger than ever before. The Supreme Court will hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on December 1—a case that directly challenges Roe v. Wade and threatens the constitutional right to abortion.
Each of the twelve Congressional leaders endorsed today voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act in September. This critical legislation would safeguard the legal right to abortion throughout the United States.
NARAL and our 2.5 million members across the country are mobilizing ahead of the 2022 election cycle to elect champions for reproductive freedom up and down the ballot. With the stakes for reproductive freedom higher than ever, NARAL is also fighting to ensure that Congress represents the values of the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, paid family leave, and protections from pregnancy discrimination—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 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.