Alexandria, Va.- Today, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC announced its fourth 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.
Incongruously, today marks the 5-4 conservative majority Supreme Court’s first conference for the next term, when they will first discuss which anti-abortion cases they plan to hear during their upcoming nine-month annual term. We will soon learn if any new anti-abortion Republican-backed laws could be selected for a fast track to the U.S. Supreme Court, and what that could mean for access to reproductive healthcare and rights across the country. That is why it is more critical than ever that Virginia voters prepare to elect pro-choice candidates this November 5th, who will work to protect and advance abortion access regardless of what happens at the federal level.
In 2019 alone, we have seen anti-abortion Republican controlled state legislators across the country pass bills to ban abortion outright, intentionally putting women and families’ health and safety at risk. Here in Virginia, polling shows that 72% of voters trust a woman to make her own reproductive healthcare decisions, and expect their legislators to secure a future that safeguards access to abortion care and upholds basic rights and justice, which is why Virginia must elect pro-choice candidates this November 5th.
“With Roe v. Wade hanging by a thread and states around the country passing laws to ban abortion outright, it is critical that Virginia voters elect candidates who will stand up and fight to protect and advance reproductive freedom for every Virginian,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “Our endorsed candidates trust a woman to make her own reproductive healthcare decisions and recognize how critical it is to stand up for the most underserved populations within our communities and ensure they have equitable access to the full range of reproductive healthcare services without the inference from politicians.”
“The stakes could not be higher this election year for reproductive rights and freedom. For the first time in history, Virginia has the opportunity to flip both chambers and establish a pro-choice majority in the General Assembly,” commented Tarina Keene. “I am confident that our endorsed candidates will work to overturn harmful anti-abortion laws on the books, protect bodily autonomy and ensure Virginia never becomes a place where anti-abortion Republicans are able to ban abortion and criminalize women and doctors. This November 5th, it is critical for every Virginian who 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:
Senator Jennifer McClellan, Senate District 9
Senator Scott Surovell, Senate District 36
Senator George Barker, Senate District 39
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC is pleased to announce the following endorsed candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates:
Delegate Sam Rasoul, House District 11
Ann Ridgeway, House District 30
Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, House District 41
Delegate Mark Sickles, House District 43
Delegate Paul Krizek, House District 44
Delegate Charniele Herring, House District 46
Delegate Patrick Hope, House District 47
Delegate Marcus Simon, House District 53
Rodney Willett, House District 73
Delegate Ibraheem Samirah, House District 86
Jess Foster, House District 88
Martha Mugler, House District 91
Shelly Simonds, House District 94
Phil Hernandez, House District 100
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and its PAC support candidates who are dedicated to family planning, preventing unplanned pregnancy, and increasing access to safe, legal abortion. The organization’s powerful statewide network of 22,000 activists will mobilize pro-choice voters throughout Virginia to help elect candidates in November.