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.