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

#VOTEPROCHOICE victories make clear: America staunchly supports a woman's right to choose

NEW YORK — National prochoice organization #VOTEPROCHOICE today announced 73% of their endorsed candidates won Democratic victories in the May 8 primary. #VOTEPROCHOICE endorses prochoice candidates in primaries up and down the ballot where reproductive rights are 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 pro-choice candidate on the ticket.

“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.”

#VOTEPROCHOICE Endorsed candidates:

North Carolina

  • Dr. Kyle Horton US Congress, NC-7 - Won
  • Jen Mangrum NC Senate, D30 - Won
  • Luis Toledo NC Senate, D16 - Lost

Ohio

  • Betsy Rader, US Congress, OH-14 - Won
  • Mindy Yocum, OH House, D21 - Lost
  • Nickie  J. Antonio, OH Senate, D23 - Won
  • Yvonka Hall, OH House, D12 - Lost
  • Teresa Fedor, OH Senate, D11 - Won
  • Louise Valentine, OH Senate, D19 - Won

Indiana

  • Amie Neiling IN House, D32 - Won
  • Mark Hinton IN House, D39 - 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 Prochoice Voter Guide for the top 23 states where reproductive rights are 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.

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. More about #VOTEPROCHOICE here.

 

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