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September 11, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Endorses Jim Himes for Congress


For Immediate Release: September 11, 2018
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced its endorsement of Jim Himes in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District.

“Jim Himes has long been a pro-choice champion on behalf of Connecticut women and families and we are proud to endorse his re-election,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “When he is sent back to Congress, Jim Himes will continue to be the leader Connecticut women and families need in the pro-choice movement in Congress and in Connecticut.”

“I am very honored to earn NARAL Pro-Choice America’s endorsement. A woman’s right to make decisions about her own health is in peril. The forces of oppression who would take us back and erase the hard-won of the past are marshaling their strength. We must continue the fight for choice, access to birth control, equal pay for equal work and equal representation at all decision tables,” said Himes. “I look forward to continuing this vital work with NARAL to defend a woman’s constitutional rights and never ceasing our vigilant protection of justice.”

“Congressman Himes has been a strong and vocal supporter for reproductive rights,” Sarah Croucher, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut. “Connecticut is a strongly pro-choice state and we look forward to Congressman Himes continuing to support our rights in DC. At a moment when reproductive rights are directly under attack, we need politicians like Congressman Himes who stand for the values of voters in our state.”

Jim Himes has been a consistent pro-choice advocate throughout his five terms representing Connecticut’s 4th district. Before running for Congress, Himes served as the Chair of his local Democratic Town Committee. Prior to serving in Congress, he ran the New York City branch of The Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the unique challenges of urban poverty. Himes was first elected in 2008 and has received a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America every year since. He voted against a cruel and unnecessary 20-week abortion ban, and the Republican attacks on the ACA and Planned Parenthood. He recently participated in NARAL Pro-Choice America’s #CommitToRoe campaign, committing to legislatively protect access to abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

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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