Reproductive Rights in New York: Governor Cuomo’s Pink Smoke and Mirrors

Reproductive Rights in New York: Governor Cuomo’s Pink Smoke and Mirrors

“Cuomo has been governor for eight years. In that time, he hasn’t just ignored our reproductive freedom—he manipulated the state senate and, more infuriatingly, the reproductive rights community, to create an aura of pro-choice support around him while actively blocking legislation that could strengthen New York’s reproductive health protections.” - Heidi L. Sieck

FIVE #VOTEPROCHOICE CHAMPIONS WIN IN TUESDAY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES

FIVE #VOTEPROCHOICE CHAMPIONS WIN IN TUESDAY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES

“5 prochoice champions just won their primaries— because America is a prochoice nation that staunchly supports a woman’s right to choose,” 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. 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. ”

STATEMENT FROM #VOTEPROCHOICE CO-FOUNDER HEIDI L. SIECK ON KAVANAUGH HEARINGS

STATEMENT FROM #VOTEPROCHOICE CO-FOUNDER HEIDI L. SIECK ON KAVANAUGH HEARINGS

“Conservatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee have scheduled confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh on September 4 — 6 before the next Supreme Court session starts on October 1. Their goal is clear: to confirm this Supreme Court Justice so they can control our bodies, to let this President get away with anything, and to change the course of our country for generations to come. We cannot let them win.”

8 #VOTEPROCHOICE CHAMPIONS WIN IN TUESDAY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES

 

From County Commission to Congress, prochoice victories make clear: America staunchly supports a woman's right to choose

NEW YORK— National prochoice project #VOTEPROCHOICE today announced 8 #VOTEPROCHOICE champions won in Tuesday's Democratic primaries. #VOTEPROCHOICE endorses prochoice candidates in primaries up and down the ballot where choice is severely threatened. 7 in 10 Americans support a woman’s right to choose — and these wins make clear voters are casting their ballot for the prochoice candidate on the ticket.

“8 prochoice champions just won their primaries— 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. ”

#VOTEPROCHOICE-endorsed candidates:

Missouri:

  • Michela Skelton, MO House, D50 - Won
  • Hillary Shields, MO Senate, D8 - Won

Michigan:

  • Rashida Tlaib, US Congress, MI-13 - Won

  • Kristy Pagan, MI House, D21 - Won

  • Terri McKinnon, MI House, D65 - Won

  • Katie Scott, Washtenaw County Commission, D9 - Won

Washington:

  • Emily Randall, WA Senate, D26 - Won

  • Steve Gonalez, WA State Supreme Court - Won

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 prochoice candidates up and down the ballot this year. #VOTEPROCHOICE also issues a National Prochoice Voter Guide for the top 23 states where choice is under threat, so prochoice voters will know exactly what a candidates' 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.

About #VOTEPROCHOICE: #VOTEPROCHOICE mobilizes the seventy-percent of American voters who are prochoice with essential information to vote prochoice in every election. Our reproductive freedom is under attack- so we’re building an army of prochoice candidates and voters to fight back. We provide the nation’s prochoice majority with voting information to vote prochoice in every election. We support prochoice champions in critical races where reproductive rights are at stake.

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#VOTEPROCHOICE: TRUMP NOMINEE POSES GRAVE THREAT TO OUR REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM

#VOTEPROCHOICE: TRUMP NOMINEE POSES GRAVE THREAT TO OUR REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM

We must fight to protect reproductive freedom as if our lives depend on it—because they do. The end of Roe v. Wade will not mean an end to abortion—only an end to safe abortion. We have seen what happens when abortion is illegal: lives are lost, bodies are mangled, families are destroyed, and most of all, women are controlled. The upcoming midterm elections will be a referendum on reproductive freedom and control. Every elected representatives must stand with the 72% of Americans who support the right to choose, or they can stand on the wrong side of history--and be voted out come November.”

LIUBA GRECHEN SHIRLEY AND DANA BALTER WIN IN TUESDAY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES

LIUBA GRECHEN SHIRLEY AND DANA BALTER WIN IN TUESDAY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES

“Prochoice champions Liuba Grechen Shirley and Dana Balter 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 and CEO of #VOTEPROCHOICE

#VOTEPROCHOICE CANDIDATES WIN 86% OF PRIMARY RACES IN NEVADA DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

#VOTEPROCHOICE CANDIDATES WIN 86% OF PRIMARY RACES IN NEVADA DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

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.

IRELAND’S ABORTION REFERENDUM SHOWS AMERICA: CHOICE IS A WINNING STRATEGY

IRELAND’S ABORTION REFERENDUM SHOWS AMERICA: CHOICE IS A WINNING STRATEGY

“Today’s victory for choice in Ireland makes clear: voters are deeply motivated to cast their ballots for a woman’s right to choose. Here in the U.S, 70 percent of Americans support a woman’s right to choose. Yet many on the Left mistakenly treat abortion like a live wire — vital and necessary in the world we live in, but best not to touch. As we just witnessed in Ireland, when given the opportunity to support choice, voters will cross continents to demand control over their own bodies. “

#VOTEPROCHOICE CANDIDATES WIN 100% OF PRIMARY RACES IN GEORGIA DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

#VOTEPROCHOICE CANDIDATES WIN 100% OF PRIMARY RACES IN GEORGIA DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

“100% of #VOTEPROCHOICE-endorsed candidates just won their primaries in Georgia — 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 and CEO of #VOTEPROCHOICE

#VOTEPROCHOICE-ENDORSED CANDIDATE KARA EASTMAN WINS BIG IN NEBRASKA

#VOTEPROCHOICE-ENDORSED CANDIDATE KARA EASTMAN WINS BIG IN NEBRASKA

"“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

PROCHOICE CANDIDATES WIN 77% OF PRIMARY RACES IN MAY 8 ELECTION

PROCHOICE CANDIDATES WIN 77% OF PRIMARY RACES IN MAY 8 ELECTION

“77% of #VOTEPROCHOICE endorsed candidates just won their primaries — because America is a prochoice nation that staunchly supports our reproductive rights and freedoms. 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," said Heidi Sieck, Co-founder and CEO of #VOTEPROCHOICE. "Today’s election results make clear: a proudly prochoice candidate is a candidate that wins.”