For Immediate Release: October 16, 2018
NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced its endorsement of Lauren Underwood to represent Illinois’ 14th Congressional district.
“NARAL is proud to stand with Lauren Underwood as she fights for Illinois women and families,” said Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Now more than ever, Illinoisans deserve a pro-choice champion like Lauren who has compassion for women and families and is committed to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. We’re thrilled to help her win on November 6th.”
“I’ve made my career in healthcare. As a nurse, one of my core values is a patient’s right to autonomy, to make choices about his or her own body,” said Underwood. “A woman’s right to choose is foundational to my healthcare practice. I will always fight for reproductive freedom and I’m so thankful to have NARAL as a partner.”
Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse with extensive experience in the healthcare industry. Underwood was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and worked to protect the public from emerging public health challenges. Underwood has made it her mission to ensure that families across the country are provided with high-quality, cost-efficient healthcare. Underwood is also a teacher, preparing future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program. She is unequivocally pro-choice, and will work to ensure reproductive health services are accessible, affordable and unrestricted.
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.”