FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2016
Following Sen. Patty Murray’s successful re-election to the U.S. Senate, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington Executive Director Rachel Berkson issued the following statements:
“Patty Murray is a true champion for reproductive freedom. We could not be more thrilled that she will serve another term in the U.S. Senate,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “She understands that reproductive freedom is critical to achieving gender equality—that’s exactly why we need her leadership and voice in the Senate. Sen. Murray has a perfect pro-choice voting record, fighting back against anti-choice attacks on women’s health care, and advocating for protecting and expanding access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion access. She’s the champion Washington women and families deserve in the Senate.”
“We’re thrilled to see our tireless champion, Sen. Patty Murray, reelected for another term,” said Rachel Berkson, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. “Sen. Murray has been a steadfast advocate for reproductive rights in Congress, advocating tirelessly for issues that matter to Washington women, like paid sick leave and equal pay. She has also fought against measures that stifle reproductive freedom, like the discriminatory Hyde Amendment. We look forward to her continued work expanding and protecting the right to choose for women in Washington and across the country.”
Patty Murray’s re-election to the U.S. Senate is a victory for women and families across the country. She has shown unparalleled leadership on behalf of women’s rights and been a tireless advocate for Americans’ reproductive freedom. She has maintained a perfect pro-choice voting record. Among too many actions to list, she has led the charge to expand access to birth control and fought on the front lines against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. Sen. Murray also authored the Senate version of the Affordability is Access Act, NARAL-backed legislation that builds on the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage requirement by guaranteeing that any FDA-approved birth control pills made available over-the-counter will be covered by insurance.
To see how NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought for reproductive freedom over the last year, watch here.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”