NEBRASKA—#VOTEPROCHOICE-endorsed candidate Kara Eastman edged out antichoice Democrat Brad Ashford to win the Democratic primary in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District. #VOTEPROCHOICE was the only national prochoice organization to support Eastman in the Democratic primary. Ashford, an antichoice Democrat, supported bills to ban abortion, require doctors to perform ultrasounds, require physicians to obtain parental consent for abortions for minors, and more.
"“Kara Eastman’s win in one of our most conservative states makes it clear: embracing reproductive freedom is a winning strategy. America is a prochoice nation: 7 in 10 Americans believe in a woman's right to choose. Yet 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 treat it like a live wire. 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. Eastman’s victory in my home state of Nebraska 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.