NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Announces Third Round of Endorsements to Flip the Virginia House and Senate on November 5th
Endorsed Pro-Choice Candidates Will Protect Reproductive Freedom and Ensure Anti-Choice Republicans Never Ban Abortion in the Commonwealth
Alexandria, Va.- Today, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC announced its third round of candidate endorsements in Virginia’s 2019 House of Delegates and state Senate races. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC sets a high bar for candidates seeking endorsement and only considers those who receive a 100% on its 29-question candidate questionnaire.
With Roe v. Wade hanging by a thread and states around the country passing laws to ban abortion, it is more critical than ever that voters elect candidates that stand up and never back down from their values and principles as advocates for reproductive health, rights, and freedom. The majority of Virginians – 72% – trust a woman to make her own reproductive healthcare decisions and do not want politicians interfering. They expect their legislators to secure a future that safeguards access to abortion care and upholds basic rights and justice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, or they will be held accountable at the ballot box.
“I am confident our endorsed candidates will stand up and fight to protect and advance reproductive freedom for every Virginian. These candidates will ensure anti-choice Republicans never accomplish their real agenda – banning abortion and criminalizing women,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “For the first time in history, Virginia has the opportunity to flip both chambers and establish a pro-choice majority in the General Assembly. If that happens, we can repeal burdensome laws that threaten a woman’s health and life and pass meaningful, enduring reproductive rights legislation. With increased threats to abortion care across the country, the stakes could not be higher when it comes to protecting our rights and freedoms. Now is the time for every Virginian that supports access to birth control and safe, legal abortion to get out and vote their values and support our endorsed candidates.”
Endorsements highlight NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s dedication to flipping the anti-choice controlled Virginia House and state Senate to establish a pro-choice majority in the General Assembly for the first time in history, needed to protect and expand access to reproductive healthcare and rights.
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC is pleased to announce the following endorsed candidates for the Virginia State Senate:
Delegate Cheryl Turpin, Senate District 7
Missy Cotter, Senate District 8
Delegate John Bell, Senate District 13
Amy Laufer, Senate District 17
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC is pleased to announce the following endorsed candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates:
Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, House District 2
Delegate Wendy Gooditis, House District 10
Delegate Chris Hurst, House District 12,
Delegate Kelly Fowler, House District 21
Larry Barnett, House District 27
Mavis Taintor, House District 33
Delegate Mark Keam, House District 35
Dan Helmer, House District 40
Delegate Rip Sullivan, House District 48
Sally Hudson, House District 57
Delegate Betsy Carr, House District 69
Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg, House District 72
Clint Jenkins, House District 76
Delegate Steve Heretick, House District 79
Nancy Guy, House District 83
Karen Mallard, House District 84
Alex Askew, House District 85
Suhas Subramanyam, House District 87
Delegate Jay Jones, House District 89
Delegate Mike Mullin, House District 93
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and its PAC support candidates who are dedicated to family planning, preventing unplanned pregnancy, and increasing access to reproductive healthcare for women and families. The organization’s powerful statewide network of 22,000 activists will mobilize pro-choice voters throughout Virginia to help elect candidates in November.