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October 7, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL Announces New Initiative Around the Real Threat of Criminalizing Abortion

Post-Kavanaugh Vote, NARAL Announces a New Initiative to Educate Voters on Threats to Roe v. Wade and the Real Possibility that Abortion Could Soon Be Criminalized

$750,000 program educates suburban women voters in eight key cities about the threat criminalizing abortion poses to women and families

For Immediate Release: October 7, 2018
Contact: [email protected]


Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America announced a new initiative to educate drop-off, suburban women voters about the threat of gutting Roe v. Wade. The initiative is being launched following the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

The stakes for Roe have never been higher as President Trump, who is committed to overturning Roe and punishing women for accessing abortion care, shapes the Supreme Court with anti-choice conservatives like Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. There are currently 13 cases making their way to the Supreme Court that could threaten abortion access and reproductive freedom. Thirteen states have laws currently on the books that would criminalize abortion if Roe were overturned, and 26 states have anti-choice legislatures and governors that would likely fast track legislation to criminalize abortion, or significantly undermine abortion access. What this means for women and families is that the number of abortions will not go down, but the amount of death and injuries will go up. All while support for Roe v. Wade hits an all-time high with 71% of American voters stating that they do not want Roe overturned.

The program aims to educate suburban women in eight key cities across the country. Suburban women voters, regardless of party, overwhelmingly support Roe v. Wade and access to abortion. NARAL’s program seeks to help people understand the very real possibility that abortion could soon be criminalized in this country and what’s at stake.

The initiative will target these voters with digital advertisements, and a massive direct mail effort. People in Denver, CO, Port St Lucie, FL, Cedar Rapids, IA, Des Moines, IA, Southern Twin Cities, MN, Las Vegas, NV, Dallas, TX, and Leesburg, VA will receive direct mail as a part of NARAL’s initiative.

Watch the digital ad here. View the mailers hereherehere and here.

Statement by NARAL President Ilyse Hogue:

“With Brett Kavanaugh now confirmed, the stakes have never been higher. If Roe is gutted and abortion is criminalized, the stated goal of Donald Trump and those who put Kavanaugh on the bench, women will be forced to stay pregnant, even if it risks our lives, our health, and our futures. This is about the lives of our daughters, sisters, mothers and granddaughters.

“We want women around the country to understand what is at stake when it comes to their reproductive freedom. It’s been proven that suburban women have the power to make their voices heard. We want these women to know the facts about what’s at stake in Congress, state houses, and in the courts.”

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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