#VOTEPROCHOICE ENDORSES SAN FRANCISCO DA CANDIDATE SUZY LOFTUS

SAN FRANCISCO—#VOTEPROCHOICE, a national political organizing project of Democrats.com, today endorsed Suzy Loftus for San Francisco District Attorney. #VOTEPROCHOICE endorses prochoice champions up and down the ballot across the country. Co-founder & CEO Heidi L. Sieck praised Loftus for centering concepts of reproductive justice on the campaign trail and for committing to protect reproductive freedom from the District Attorney’s office.

“This year, state legislatures from coast to coast passed a record number of barbaric laws criminalizing abortion patients and providers. Our reproductive freedom is under full-scale attack—and we need to elect fierce prochoice champions up and down the ballot to fight back,” said #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi L. Sieck. “Our country deserves prochoice District Attorneys who will protect patients and doctors—and that’s why I’m thrilled to endorse Suzy Loftus for San Francisco District Attorney Office.”

Sieck continued, “Suzy Loftus is a San Francisco native and a lifetime feminist who has devoted her entire career to protecting the city’s most vulnerable residents. She is a fearless advocate for women and children, and as District Attorney, she’ll continue to fight for safety, equity and reproductive justice. San Francisco voters: if you care about your city remaining a bastion for reproductive freedom, you all must get off the sidelines—vote Suzy for District Attorney.”

“I am honored and excited to have the support of #VOTEPROCHOICE,” said San Francisco District Attorney Candidate Suzy Loftus. “Reproductive freedom is an aspect of nearly every elected office and, as District Attorney, I will do my part to make sure San Francisco stands as sanctuary for reproductive freedom. I will always be a partner in the fight for bodily autonomy and reproductive rights.”

PLANNED PARENTHOOD WITHDRAWAL FROM TITLE X MUST SERVE AS ALARM BELL TO NATION’S PROCHOICE MAJORITY

“#VOTEPROCHOICE supports Planned Parenthood’s courageous, principled decision to leave the Title X family planning program in light of President Trump’s dangerous gag rule. Planned Parenthood provides essential reproductive healthcare services to millions of people across the nation—and complying with this unethical, dangerous gag rule would gravely harm those who need reproductive healthcare services most.

"With gag rules and abortion bans spreading like a wildfire of misogyny, we can support Planned Parenthood and fight back by electing prochoice champions in state and local races everywhere. Contrary to what the anti-choice minority wants us to believe, America is not divided on the issue of reproductive freedom. We are an overwhelmingly prochoice nation: 77% of Americans do not want Roe v Wade overturned. While the extreme, anti-choice conservative minority elected President Trump and took over the Supreme Court, our prochoice nation can still fight back if we vote prochoice up and down the ballot. There are 49,000 races in 34 states on the ballot November 2019. Planned Parenthood’s decision must serve as an alarm bell to our nation’s prochoice majority that we are under attack—and it’s time to stand up and vote prochoice in every election, everywhere.”

PROCHOICE ORGANIZATION #VOTEPROCHOICE LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER MISSISSIPPI VOTER GUIDE TO IDENTIFY PROCHOICE CANDIDATES

MISSISSIPPI — #VOTEPROCHOICE, a national prochoice political engagement project, today released the most comprehensive Mississippi prochoice voter guide ever built for the statewide primary on August 6. 

This March, Mississippi’s state legislature passed and Governor Phil Bryan signed one of the strictest abortion bans in America — banning most abortions six weeks into pregnancy. The #VOTEPROCHOICE Mississippi State Primary Voter Guide is designed to help voters identify and cast their ballots for prochoice champions on the August 6 primary. 

“There is just one abortion clinic left in Mississippi because the nation’s anti-choice minority launched a relentless campaign to control state and local elected officials throughout the country. With abortion bans spreading like wildfire, we must fight back by electing prochoice champions everywhere. This prochoice voter guide gives Mississippi voters the tools they need to vote prochoice up and down the ballot,” said Heidi L Sieck, Co-founder and CEO of #VOTEPROCHOICE. “For too long, Democratic elected officials mistakenly treated abortion as a marginalized issue and something to avoid talking about. Our reproductive freedom is at stake like never before—and this issue must be front and center in all our elections. Mississippi’s last standing abortion clinic is a clear signal: we are in the fight of our lives to save reproductive freedom, and that fight will begin and end on the state and local level. The good news is that we are a staunchly prochoice nation. Contrary to what the anti-choice minority wants us to believe, Mississippi has a majority of prochoice voters. We know that when we give voters the information and tools to vote prochoice, they absolutely will.”

Based on pilot testing, #VOTEPROCHOICE found users save upwards of 25 candidates per ballot—using prochoice endorsements to inform their votes from statewide races down to town councils and judicial elections. #VOTEPROCHOICE will send the guide out to approximately 300,000 voters. Developed with technology partner BallotReady, the voter guide includes endorsements from numerous progressive organizations that use the lens of reproductive rights—including LGBTQ Victory Fund, Run for Something, and The Collective PAC. The guide also provides a crowdsourcing functionality that allows users to submit information about prochoice and anti-choice candidates in their area—ensuring the most comprehensive information possible.  

Recent voter behavior research developed by #VOTEPROCHOICE partner National Institute for Reproductive Health revealed that when voters are informed of the threats against reproductive rights in their community, they are ignited into action. By using the #VOTEPROCHOICE Voter Guide, prochoice voters will know exactly what a candidate’s position is on reproductive freedom. 

The #VOTEPROCHOICE voter guide will be available 11 days before the Mississippi primary. #VOTEPROCHOICE has developed voter guides for all states with critical elections[where reproductive freedom is under threat in 2019—including Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, Americans have been losing ground on reproductive freedom on every front. In 2019 alone, states have enacted 26 abortion bans already. 58% of American women of reproductive age now live in a state considered either hostile or extremely hostile to abortion rights.

To test the Mississippi voter guide, enter this sample address into the voter guide:

116 Oxford Creek Dr Oxford, MS 38655

#VOTEPROCHOICE ENDORSES REP. KATHY SYKES FOR MISSISSIPPI HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

#VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi L. Sieck: "Sykes is an unapologetic prochoice champion"

MISSISSIPPI — National prochoice organizing project #VOTEPROCHOICE today endorsed Rep. Kathy Sykes for Mississippi House of Representatives. #VOTEPROCHOICE endorses prochoice champions up and down the ballot across the country. #VOTEPROCHOICEco-founder & CEO Heidi L. Sieck praised Sykes for making reproductive freedom a top priority in her campaign and for standing up against the complete abortion ban passed in Mississippi in March.

"Mississippi passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country this year — moving the country toward a forced birth nation. And in the face of growing anti-choice fervor, prochoice champion Rep. Kathy Sykes stood up for the nation's prochoice majority and spoke out against this horrific legislation. #VOTEPROCHOICE is proud to endorse Rep. Sykes — a bold prochoice champion who is unafraid to speak truth to power. Leaders like Rep. Sykes have never been more important because we know the battle over reproductive freedom is being fought in our state capitols," said #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi L. Sieck. "This relentless wave of abortion bans is the result of a ruthless, decades-long Republican strategy to pour money into city halls and state legislatures from coast to coast. We must fight back, and we need leaders like Rep. Sykes leading the way."

"I am honored to receive this endorsement from #VOTEPROCHOICE. I am emphatic about a woman's right to make decisions about her reproductive health. these recent laws that ban abortions and often criminalize women who choose abortion, while letting the men walk away, are archaic and backwards," said Rep. Kathy Sykes. "Not to mention, the assault on women's mental health that is not even being considered by lawmakers. Thanks so much and let's keep fighting for women's healthcare in Mississippi and across the country."

#VOTEPROCHOICE ENDORSES JOLIE JUSTUS FOR KANSAS CITY MAYOR

#VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi L. Sieck: "Jolie has a fierce record of standing up for women's rights"

MISSOURI — National prochoice organizing project #VOTEPROCHOICE today endorsed Jolie Justus for Kansas City Mayor. #VOTEPROCHOICE endorses prochoice champions up and down the ballot across the country. #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder & CEO Heidi L. Sieck praised Justus for making reproductive freedom a top priority in her campaigns and for championing reproductive healthcare for all.

"Today a circuit court could shut down Missouri's very last abortion clinic. That will make Missouri the first state with zero abortion clinics—the beginning of the end of reproductive rights in our country. If it wasn't clear before, Missouri makes it clear now: we are in the fight of our lives to save reproductive freedom, and that fight will begin and end on the local level," said #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi L. Sieck. "This relentless wave of abortion bans is a result of a ruthless, decades-long Republican strategy to pour money into city halls and state legislatures from coast to coast. We must fight back. That's why we are proud to endorse Jolie Justus for Kansas City Mayor."

Sieck continued, "In both the Kansas City Council and the Missouri State Senate, Jolie has a fierce record of standing up for women's rights, racial justice, and economic equality. And as a lifelong Missourian, she has shown her commitment to fighting for her people. Missouri needs a champion for choice—and Jolie has been that champion for decades. Missouri voters: make sure you get to the ballot box on June 18th. Voting for Jolie is a critical step towards taking back city halls--and taking back the rights to our own bodies."

"I am extremely proud to have earned the endorsement of #VOTEPROCHOICE. Their support and their efforts are particularly critical right now given the extreme, anti-choice legislation passed in Missouri and the attacks on reproductive rights across the country," said Kansas City Mayoral candidate Jolie Justus on the endorsement of #VOTEPROCHOICE. "As the next mayor of Kansas City, I will continue to stand with women and families to be a vocal advocate for reproductive rights, affordable health care, and economic opportunities."

#VOTEPROCHOICE ON MISSOURI PASSAGE OF EIGHT-WEEK ABORTION BAN

#VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi L. Sieck: "We are becoming a forced birth nation"

MISSOURI—Following Missouri's anti-choice Republican Governor Mike Parson's signing of the state's eight-week abortion ban, national pro-choice organizing project #VOTEPROCHOICE’s co-founder Heidi L. Sieck issued the following statement. #VOTEPROCHOICE mobilizes the 77% of American voters who are prochoice with essential information to vote prochoice up and down the ballot in every election.

“In another egregious step toward becoming a forced birth nation, Missouri’s anti-choice Republican Governor Mike Parson signed an eight-week abortion ban into law. People do not know if they’re pregnant at just eight weeks — and Missouri’s legislation is the latest in a growing number of bills designed to overturn Roe v Wade and ban abortion across the nation. The misogynistic, anti-choice minority is attempting to control our bodies — and take away our reproductive freedom.

"We must not forget that America is a prochoice nation. 77% of Americans support reproductive freedom and an even greater majority of people do not want to overturn Roe v. Wade. While the extreme, anti-choice conservative minority elected President Trump and took over the Supreme Court, our prochoice nation can still fight back if we vote prochoice up and down the ballot. Missouri has upcoming local elections this year for School Board, Mayor, City Council and special legislative races across the state. The passage of Missouri’s ‘eight-week ban’ is an emboldened signal to the vocal anti-choice minority that they can pass damaging laws that chip away at Roe. This passage must also serve as an alarm bell to our nation’s prochoice majority. It’s time to stand up, fight back, and vote prochoice in every election. Make no mistake: Missouri’s voters are prochoice and won’t stand for Gov. Parson’s attempt to deny us our freedom.”

2019 Elections in Missouri:

Special elections to fill vacant seats in the Missouri General Assembly - District 99, District 158

Kansas City Mayor and City Council

St. Louis Mayor and City Council

School Boards: Center School District, Grandview C-4 School District, Hickman Mills C-1 School District, Kansas City Public Schools, Liberty Public Schools, North Kansas City Schools, Park Hill School District, Platte County R-III School District, Raytown C-2 School District, St. Joseph School District, St. Louis Public Schools

#VOTEPROCHOICE ON LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR'S SUPPORT FOR ANTI-CHOICE BILL: "THIS IS SHAMEFUL"

#VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi L. Sieck: "the Democratic Party must stop treating reproductive freedom as a negotiable issue"

LOUISIANA—Ahead of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards planned signing of the state's "heartbeat bill," national pro-choice organizing project #VOTEPROCHOICE’s co-founder Heidi L. Sieck issued the following statement. #VOTEPROCHOICE mobilizes the 77% of American voters who are prochoice with essential information to vote prochoice up and down the ballot in every election.

“We are in the fight of our lives, and Democratic Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is about to betray us. Edwards promised to sign the state’s “heartbeat bill” effectively banning abortion and signing away our right to bodily autonomy. This is shameful. Members of the Democratic Party must stop treating reproductive freedom as a negotiable issue. The Democratic Party platform has a very comprehensive plank outlining an agenda for reproductive rights, health and justice. We need to hold electeds like Governor Edwards to it. If we are not free to make healthy decisions about our bodies, our sexuality and our reproduction, then we are not free. Governor Edwards is a prime example of why we must vote prochoice up and down the ballot in every single election—from PTA to President, school board to Senate. We are a staunchly prochoice nation—77% of Americans support the right to reproductive freedom. And we will not stop fighting until the overly-funded anti-choice minority is voted out of office and prochoice champions are leading this country.”

2019 Elections in Louisiana:

Governor

Lieutenant Governor

Attorney General

Secretary of State

Agriculture Commissioner

Insurance Commissioner

Treasurer

All 39 seats in the Louisiana State Senate

All 105 seats in the Louisiana House of Representatives

Baton Rouge, Louisiana - City council (special election) and District court judge (special election)