NEW VIDEO: TAYLOR SHILLING, MARGARET CHO, NATASHA LYONNE, DAN SAVAGE AND MORE TELL AMERICANS TO VOTE PROCHOICE

NEW YORK — Taylor Schilling, Margaret Cho, Natasha Lyonne, Dan Savage and more celebrities today released a new video urging voters across the nation to cast their ballots for prochoice candidates. In the video, produced by national prochoice project #VOTEPROCHOICE, celebrities tell voters to use the nation's largest prochoice voter guide to vote prochoice all the way down the ballot.

"On Tuesday, November 6th, I will definitely vote prochoice... we are in a crushing Handmaid's Tale-esque moment," said Orange is the New Black actress Natasha Lyonne.

"Right now we need support for women's rights, women's reproductive rights," said comedian Margaret Cho.

"If there's any part of you that believes in democracy as a viable mode of organizing humans, now is the time to vote," said Orange is the New Black actress Taylor Schilling.

"Get in a f*cking time machine and vote prochoice in the last g*d damn election. It's not just important in this election, it's important in every f*cking election," said columnist Dan Savage.

“Our freedom is at stake in this election and voters know it—we must elect proud prochoice champions up and down the ballot, and #VOTEPROCHOICE’s voter guide will allow Americans identify and support prochoice leaders," said #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi Sieck.

 
 

Celebrities featured in the new #VOTEPROCHOICE video:

Margaret Cho

Taylor Schilling

Natasha Lyonne

Dan Savage

Dr. Willie Parker

Patricia Okoumo

Dulce Sloan

Jorden Klepper

Kathy Najimy

Lizz Winstead

#VOTEPROCHOICE BLASTS NEW TRUMP DIRECTIVE TO ROLL BACK U.N. RESOLUTIONS ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

NEW YORK—A new report on internal State Department directives shows the Trump administration is instructing U.S. diplomats at the United Nations to scale back resolutions on sexual health and violence against women. In response, national prochoice project #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi Sieck issued the following statement:

“Today’s directive from the White House is one more reason why we must elect prochoice leaders up and down the ballot on Election Day. By directing American diplomats to roll back U.S. support for sexual and reproductive health programs, Donald Trump is once again showing a complete disregard for our bodies and our freedom. The White House is already dangerously attacking our reproductive freedom in the US—now they want to take this a step further by forcing the U.N. to go along with their extremist agenda.

"This administration continues to disregard science and research in favor of pleasing the nation’s conservative minority of anti-abortion extremists. People across the world already struggle to access safe abortions—this directive will only further endanger those who need medical help most. America is a staunchly prochoice nation, and we must vote like one next Tuesday. It’s time to elect leaders who will champion reproductive freedom and push back against the White House’s dangerous anti-choice agenda."

#VOTEPROCHOICE, ALYSSA MILANO AND COALITION OF PROGRESSIVE LEADERS LAUNCH GOFUNDME FOR KAVANAUGH ASSAULT SURVIVORS' LEGAL SERVICES

19 national progressive organizations unite to raise funds for all assault survivors

WASHINGTON DC — National prochoice voting project #VOTEPROCHOICE joined with Alyssa Milano and a coalition of progressive organizations, movement leaders and activists launching a GoFundMe to cover expenses for all Brett Kavanaugh assault survivors.

“The confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh is a fight for the moral compass of our nation and the kind of government we want to have for generations to come. We must learn from the mistakes of 1991, when both Republicans and Democrats shamed, demeaned, and ignored Anita Hill for speaking up about sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas,” said Heidi Sieck, coalition organizer and cofounder of #VOTEPROCHOICE. “We must show that we truly stand with all of Kavanaugh's assault survivors. Supporting these women financially is essential to making sure these brave assault survivors are heard. We cannot allow Brett Kavanaugh to be confirmed to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States of America.”

The GoFundMe asks supporters to donate generously to ensure Kavanaugh's assault survivors have the resources needed for their legal strategy and security expenses.

"Black women know all too well the pain and degradation that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is facing now that she has come forward and that Anita Hill endured nearly 30 years ago. We are speaking out with Dr. Ford. We believe her. We support her. We stand with Anita and with every woman and girl of color told to stay silent or bullied into silence by a culture and a system does not value our voices, our bodies or our lives," said Monica Simpson, Executive Director of SisterSong. "We will continue to be loud and to push back on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. These allegations and his record make it clear that this is not someone who will respect the needs or the experiences of women of color. So we will say what needs to be said and we will do so in honor of the many women and girls who don’t feel safe to tell their stories and the ones who are disrespected and denigrated when they do.”

"We honor the bravery shown by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when she spoke out to share her story. We know all too well the risk she is taking in doing so and we understand that she took that step because she understands how important it is to halt the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh," said COLOR policy director Karla Gonzales Garcia. "The women of this country cannot afford to have another sexual predator on the highest court in the land and the women in our community will not stand by silently and allow this to happen. We know that when it comes to the kinds of decisions handed down by the Supreme Court that it is our health, our rights and our lives on the line.”

Coalition Partners:

#VOTEPROCHOICE

Alyssa Milano

Lady Parts Justice League and Lizz Winstead

March On

SisterSong: National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

American Family Voices

Art Not War and Laura Dawn Murphy

Bird Girl Industries with Melissa Bird

Blue Wave Voters

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)

CTZNWELL and Kerri Kelly

Democrats.com

Humanity for Progress

Rights and Democracy

Strong Economy For All Coalition

Trans United Fund

Ultraviolet and Shaunna Thomas

UniteBlue

Indivisible South Carolina

Paula Brantner, PB Work Solutions

FIVE #VOTEPROCHOICE CHAMPIONS WIN DECISIVE VICTORIES FOR CHOICE IN NEW YORK'S DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

NEW YORK— National prochoice organization #VOTEPROCHOICE today announced 5 #VOTEPROCHOICE champions won in Thursday’s Democratic primaries in New York. #VOTEPROCHOICE endorses prochoice candidates in primaries up and down the ballot where reproductive freedom is threatened. 7 in 10 Americans support a woman’s right to choose — and these wins make clear voters are casting their ballot for the pro-choice candidate on the ticgket.

“Five truly progressive, prochoice champions won their primaries in New York,” said Heidi Sieck, Co-founder #VOTEPROCHOICE, “because New York is a prochoice state, and America is a prochoice nation. For years, the Independent Democratic Conference blocked the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act—last night, voters in New York stood up for reproductive freedom and voted these Trump Democrats out. These results further prove that we no longer need to tip-toe around the discussion of abortion. With Brett Kavanaugh steps away from the Supreme Court, we need to shore up state laws and protect a woman's right to choose in state legislatures across the nation. New York must codify Roe v Wade into state law. It must have more women in office. It must take reproductive freedom seriously. And with these results, I am hopeful it will."

#VOTEPROCHOICE-Endorsed candidates:

Alessandra Biaggi - State Senate NY-34 - won

Jessica Ramos - State Senate NY-13 - won

Robert Jackson - State Senate NY-53 - won

Zellnor Myrie - State Senate NY-20 - won

Rachel May - State Senate NY-53 - won

In New York, despite the fact that the vast majority of New Yorkers consider themselves to be prochoice, reproductive freedom is still not fully protected under state law. The 1970 New York abortion law still criminalizes abortion after 24 weeks except “when necessary to save a life.” In addition, Black women are 12 times more likely to die from childbirth in New York City than white women, and the rate has been increasing for years.

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. #VOTEPROCHOICE is endorsing 300 pro-choice candidates up and down the ballot this year. #VOTEPROCHOICE also issues a Prochoice Voter Guide in all 50 states so prochoice voters will know exactly what a candidates's position is on reproductive freedom.

Since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, reproductive rights have been losing ground on every front. In 2017 alone, 19 states adopted 63 new restrictions on abortion rights and access. States have enacted 401 abortion restrictions since January 2011. The last seven years account for 34% of the 1,193 abortion restrictions enacted by states since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade. 58% of American women of reproductive age now live in a state considered either hostile or extremely hostile to abortion rights.

5 #VOTEPROCHOICE CHAMPIONS WIN IN TUESDAY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES

Prochoice victories make clear: America staunchly supports the right to choose

NEW YORK— National prochoice organization #VOTEPROCHOICE today announced 5 #VOTEPROCHOICE champions won in Tuesday's Democratic primaries. #VOTEPROCHOICE endorses prochoice candidates in primaries up and down the ballot where choice is severely threatened. 7 in 10 Americans support the right to choose — and these wins make clear voters are casting their ballot for the prochoice candidate on the ticket.

“5 prochoice champions just won their primaries— because America is a prochoice nation that staunchly supports a woman’s right to choose. Many progressives, elected officials, and even the Democratic Party, mistakenly treat abortion, birth control and sex education like a live wire — vital and necessary in the world we live in, but they would prefer to avoid it. Abortion is not to be bargained away," said Heidi Sieck, Co-founder and CEO of #VOTEPROCHOICE. "Now we see, time and time again, that we do not need to abandon abortion in order to win. Today's prochoice victories sends a clear signal to Democrats across the country: we can and must put reproductive freedom front and center in races up and down the ballot this year. ”

#VOTEPROCHOICE-endorsed winning candidates:

Wisconsin:

Shelia Stubbs, WI House, D77 — won

Erica Flynn, WI House, D84 — won

Jodi Emerson, WI House, D91 — won

Vermont:

Christine Hallquist, VT Governor — won

Minnesota:

Ilhan Omar, US Congress, MN-05 — won

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. #VOTEPROCHOICE is endorsing 300 prochoice candidates up and down the ballot this year. #VOTEPROCHOICE also issues a national Prochoice Voter Guide so prochoice voters will know exactly what a candidates's position is on reproductive freedom.

Since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, reproductive rights have been losing ground on every front. In 2017 alone, 19 states adopted 63 new restrictions on abortion rights and access. States have enacted 401 abortion restrictions since January 2011. The last seven years account for 34% of the 1,193 abortion restrictions enacted by states since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade. 58% of American women of reproductive age now live in a state considered either hostile or extremely hostile to abortion rights.

STATEMENT FROM #VOTEPROCHOICE CO-FOUNDER HEIDI SIECK ON KAVANAUGH HEARINGS

Co-founder of national prochoice project #VOTEPROCHOICE Heidi Sieck today released the following statement:

“This is not a drill: our lives are on the line. Conservatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee have scheduled confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh on September 4 — 6 before the next Supreme Court session starts on October 1. Their goal is clear: to confirm this Supreme Court Justice so they can control our bodies, to let this President get away with anything, and to change the course of our country for generations to come. We cannot let them win.

"America is a prochoice nation — 72 percent of Americans support Roe v. Wade and reproductive freedom. The conservative minority may control the halls of power today, but our voices are louder, our collective numbers are larger, and we will put everything on the line.

"Republicans will do everything in their power to confirm Kavanaugh before the midterms — we must do everything in our power to stop them. We cannot let centrist Democrats waiver on choice. We cannot let Democratic leadership allow a single vote in favor of Kavanaugh. We cannot afford a single American who supports reproductive freedom to stand on the sidelines and stay silent any longer. We must take to the streets. We must delay these hearings in every way possible. We must vote prochoice in every single state legislative race and every election everywhere.

"We must treat the Kavanaugh hearings as a fight for our lives — because that is what this is."

8 #VOTEPROCHOICE CHAMPIONS WIN IN TUESDAY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES

From County Commission to Congress, prochoice victories make clear: America staunchly supports a woman's right to choose

NEW YORK— National prochoice project #VOTEPROCHOICE today announced 8 #VOTEPROCHOICE champions won in Tuesday's Democratic primaries. #VOTEPROCHOICE endorses prochoice candidates in primaries up and down the ballot where choice is severely threatened. 7 in 10 Americans support a woman’s right to choose — and these wins make clear voters are casting their ballot for the prochoice candidate on the ticket.

“8 prochoice champions just won their primaries— because America is a prochoice nation that staunchly supports a woman’s right to choose. Many progressives, elected officials, and even the Democratic Party, mistakenly treat abortion, birth control and sex education like a live wire — vital and necessary in the world we live in, but they would prefer to avoid it. Abortion is not to be bargained away," said Heidi Sieck, co-founder of #VOTEPROCHOICE. "Now we see, time and time again, that we do not need to abandon abortion in order to win. Today's prochoice victories sends a clear signal to Democrats across the country: we can and must put reproductive freedom front and center in races up and down the ballot this year. ”

#VOTEPROCHOICE-endorsed candidates:

Missouri:

Michela Skelton, MO House, D50 - Won

Hillary Shields, MO Senate, D8 - Won

Michigan:

Rashida Tlaib, US Congress, MI-13 - Won

Kristy Pagan, MI House, D21 - Won

Terri McKinnon, MI House, D65 - Won

Katie Scott, Washtenaw County Commission, D9 - Won

Washington:

Emily Randall, WA Senate, D26 - Won

Steve Gonalez, WA State Supreme Court - Won

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. #VOTEPROCHOICE is endorsing 300 prochoice candidates up and down the ballot this year. #VOTEPROCHOICE also issues a National Prochoice Voter Guide for the top 23 states where choice is under threat, so prochoice voters will know exactly what a candidates's position is on reproductive freedom.

Since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, reproductive rights have been losing ground on every front. In 2017 alone, 19 states adopted 63 new restrictions on abortion rights and access. States have enacted 401 abortion restrictions since January 2011. The last seven years account for 34% of the 1,193 abortion restrictions enacted by states since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade. 58% of American women of reproductive age now live in a state considered either hostile or extremely hostile to abortion rights.

PROCHOICE CHAMPIONS TAMI SAWYER AND KATRINA ROBINSON WIN IN TENNESSEE

Both candidates ran and won against anti-choice opponents

Decisive wins make clear: Democrats must put reproductive freedom front and center

NEW YORK— National political organizing project #VOTEPROCHOICE today congratulated Tami Sawyer for her victory as Tennessee's Shelby County Commissioner and Katrina Robinson for her primary win for Tennessee Senate-33. Both Sawyer and Robinson ran and won against anti-choice opponents. #VOTEPROCHOICE endorses prochoice candidates in primaries up and down the ballot where choice is severely threatened. Seventy-two percent (72%) American voters support a woman’s right to reproductive freedom — and these wins make clear voters are casting their ballot for the pro-choice candidate on the ticket.

“Prochoice champions Tami Sawyer and Katrina Robinson both won decisive victories today—because America is a prochoice nation that staunchly supports a woman’s right to choose. Many progressives, elected officials, and even the Democratic Party, mistakenly treat abortion, birth control and sex education like a live wire — vital and necessary in the world we live in, but they would prefer to avoid it. Abortion is not to be bargained away," said Heidi Sieck, co-founder of #VOTEPROCHOICE. "Now we see, time and time again, that we do not need to abandon abortion in order to win. Today's prochoice victories sends a clear signal to Democrats across the country: we can and must put reproductive freedom front and center in races up and down the ballot this year."

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. #VOTEPROCHOICE is endorsing 300 pro-choice candidates up and down the ballot this year. #VOTEPROCHOICE also issues a Nationwide Prochoice Voter Guide, so prochoice voters will know exactly what a candidates's position is on reproductive freedom.

Since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, reproductive rights have been losing ground on every front. In 2017 alone, 19 states adopted 63 new restrictions on abortion rights and access. States have enacted 401 abortion restrictions since January 2011. The last seven years account for 34% of the 1,193 abortion restrictions enacted by states since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade. 58% of American women of reproductive age now live in a state considered either hostile or extremely hostile to abortion rights.