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.

#VOTEPROCHOICE: TRUMP NOMINEE POSES GRAVE THREAT TO OUR REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM

#VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi Sieck today released the following statement in response to Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee:

"In 1973, the Supreme Court confirmed what women throughout history have always known: the choices we make for our bodies are ours alone. But make no mistake: Brett Kavanaugh's nomination is a grave threat to our freedom. Donald Trump promised to overturn Roe v Wade, and Kavanaugh has a strong track record of conservative views. Let me be clear to those of you who comfort yourselves with the safeguards of legal precedent—if we have learned one thing from the past year and a half, it is that all precedent has been thrown out the window.

We must fight to protect reproductive freedom as if our lives depend on it—because they do. The end of Roe v. Wade will not mean an end to abortion—only an end to safe abortion. We have seen what happens when abortion is illegal: lives are lost, bodies are mangled, families are destroyed, and most of all, women are controlled. The upcoming midterm elections will be a referendum on reproductive freedom and control. Every elected representatives must stand with the 72% of Americans who support the right to choose, or they can stand on the wrong side of history--and be voted out come November.”

LIUBA GRECHEN SHIRLEY AND DANA BALTER WIN IN TUESDAY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES

#VOTEPROCHOICE was only national prochoice organization to back Grechen Shirley and Balter until week before Election Day

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

NEW YORK— National prochoice organization #VOTEPROCHOICE today congratulated Liuba Grechen Shirley and Dana Balter for their decisive wins in Tuesday's Democratic primaries. #VOTEPROCHOICE was the only prochoice organization to back Liuba Grechen Shirley and Dana Balter until a week before election day. #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 pro-choice candidate on the ticket.

“Prochoice champions Liuba Grechen Shirley and Dana Balter 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 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."

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 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.

Cynthia Nixon Receives Endorsement from #VOTEPROCHOICE

#VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder says "Governor Cuomo has bullied women and reproductive rights groups from telling the truth"

NEW YORK, NY — Democratic Candidate for Governor Cynthia Nixon was endorsed today by #VOTEPROCHOICE, citing her longtime support of reproductive freedom. For eight years, Governor Cuomo has blocked critical pro-choice legislation by enabling a Republican majority in the State Senate and refusing to campaign for Democrats and cooperating with the IDC. The Governor also created a Women’s Equality Party in order to draw votes from a rival political party, using the very important, serious issue of women’s equality as a political tool.

“I have no doubt in my mind that with Cynthia in the Governor’s Mansion, we will finally have a Governor who understands what's at stake right now for women, transgender people and families,” said co-founder of #VOTEPROCHOICE Heidi Sieck. “For eight years straight, Governor Cuomo has bullied women, feminist organizations and reproductive rights groups from telling the truth about what really goes on in Albany. Cuomo has had every opportunity and all the power he needs to fully protect a women’s right to access safe, legal abortion and critical reproductive health care in New York. But instead, he chose to keep Republicans in power. It’s time for all of us to get behind Cynthia Nixon and elect a true prochoice champion as Governor of New York.”

#VOTEPROCHOICE identifies and supports prochoice champions up and down the ballot by connecting our nation’s prochoice majority with prochoice candidates in every election.

“Abortion rights and reproductive health is an issue that’s close to my heart. Over 50 years ago, before Roe v. Wade, my mother had an abortion. At that time, making that decision was deeply scary and isolating-- and stayed with her the rest of her life,” said Cynthia Nixon. “Nearly fifty years later, the reproductive health and freedom of so many New Yorkers remains under threat, especially with Donald Trump in the White House. But rather than standing up to the Trump administration, New York’s reproductive laws provide no protection if Republicans are successful in overturning Roe V. Wade And with the end of the legislative session this week, Gov. Cuomo’s inaction ensures that New York’s women will live in limbo for yet another year. This is inexcusable and we must do better for the families of New York.”

Most recently, the Grand Street Democrats, Albany County Legislators Doug Bullock, William Reinhardt, and Merton Simpson, Albany Common Council member Joyce Love, Hudson Common Council Majority Leader and 2nd Ward Alderman Tiffany Garriga, and Hudson 4th Ward Supervisor Linda Mussman announced their endorsements of Cynthia's bid for governor. She’s also been backed by Our Revolution, Center for Popular Democracy Action (CPD Action), Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Newburgh Council Member Karen Mejía, Downtown Independent Democrats, 350 Action, author Bill McKibben, and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Tenants PAC, the Staten Island Democratic Association (SIDA), Coalition for a District Alternative (CODA), Broadway Democrats, Village Independent Democrats, Three Parks Independent Democrats, Democracy for America, Daily Kos, New Kings Democrats (NKD), Council Member Carlos Menchaca, the Working Families Party, Make the Road Action, New York Communities for Change, Citizen Action, and the New York Progressive Action Network.

#VOTEPROCHOICE CANDIDATES WIN 86% OF PRIMARY RACES IN NEVADA DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

Prochoice victories make clear: Nevada staunchly supports a woman's right to choose

NEVADA— National prochoice organization #VOTEPROCHOICE today announced 86% their endorsed candidates won Democratic victories in the June 12 Nevada primary. #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 pro-choice candidate on the ticket.

“86% of #VOTEPROCHOICE-endorsed candidates just won their primaries in Nevada — 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 ignore abortion, birth control and sex education — treating them as 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 in Nevada 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:

Michelle Gorelow - Nevada Assembly, D35 - won

Sandra Jauregui - Nevada Assembly, D41 - won

Brittney Miller - Nevada Assembly, D5 - won

Connie Munk - Nevada Assembly, D4 - won

Selena Torres - Nevada Assembly, D3 - won

Howard Watts III - Nevada Assembly, D15 - won

Pat Spearman - US Congress, NV-4 - lost

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 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.