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July 20, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL Endorses Jared Polis for Governor at Denver Press Conference

NARAL Calls Polis a “champion for reproductive freedom

For Immediate Release: July 20, 2018
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DENVER – At a press conference this morning, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado announced their endorsement of Congressman Jared Polis in his campaign for Governor of Colorado. NARAL President Ilyse Hogue and NARAL Colorado Executive Director Karen Middleton joined Polis on stage and praised his history of public service and fighting for women’s reproductive health care.

“Jared Polis is a champion for reproductive freedom and we couldn’t be more happy to endorse him, said NARAL Pro-Choice America President, Ilyse Hogue. “We know Jared Polis is someone who undoubtedly trusts women and families to make the best decisions for them and their families. Jared has a strong, progressive proven record of action when it comes to standing up for women’s rights. We are proud to support him and we are going to bat to ensure that come November, he becomes the next Governor of Colorado.

“With the threat to Roe now very real, with Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, we must affirm and protect our pro-choice Colorado values now more than ever,” said Karen Middleton, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Executive Director. “Congressman Polis has been a champion  in Congress, fighting anti-abortion personhood bills and most recently speaking out against the Trump Domestic Gag Rule, which will severely limit access to abortion and other reproductive health services. With Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh bringing us to the brink of a direct challenge to Roe, a pro-choice Colorado Governor becomes even more critical to reproductive freedom. We are proud to support Jared and look forward to helping to get him elected.”

Throughout his time in Congress, Jared Polis has consistently received a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. Polis voted against a cruel and unnecessary plan that would ban abortion for women later in pregnancy and fought numerous efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. Polis currently serves as co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus which he helped to found and fought to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and pass marriage-equality legislation. Before he was elected to Congress in 2008, Jared Polis served as the chairman of the Colorado Board of Education and founded several non-profit public schools for at-risk children, serving as the superintendent of the New America School, which helps new immigrants graduate high school. If elected, he would be the first openly gay governor in the United States.

NARAL’s political program for the 2018 general election is the organization’s largest ever midterm political program to advance candidates fighting for “our values, our future, our vote.” NARAL is investing in diverse candidates up and down the ballot in 19 states, mobilizing members and voters through mail, phones, digital ads, door to door canvassing, TV ads, and rallies that hold anti-choice candidates accountable and lift up pro-choice champions. To read more about NARAL’s endorsed candidates, click 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.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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