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."
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.