NARAL Members Were Behind Abigail Spanberger from the Start, Mobilized to Help Her to Victory
For Immediate Release: November 6, 2018
NARAL Pro-Choice America congratulates Abigail Spanberger on her victory in tonight’s election. NARAL Pro-Choice America members endorsed Spanberger early in the primary and mobilized voters for months to turn out the vote.
“Tonight’s win shows that when candidates fight for women and our essential rights—including the right to access abortion—they win. We need strong leaders who aren’t afraid to stand up for every woman’s right to choose if, when, and how to become a parent.Abigail Spanberger is one of those leaders. Abigail is a true fighter for reproductive freedom, and NARAL could not be more thrilled she is headed to Congress,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue.
“NARAL members threw their support behind Abigail because they know she is committed to fighting for the rights of women and families in Virginia and all across America. NARAL members were proud to play a big role in this race, pouring their energy into this fight and mobilizing behind Abigail’s commitment to our shared values. NARAL couldn’t be more proud to congratulate Abigail and stand by her in this critical time when pro-choice leaders are more important than ever.”
NARAL members made over 1.1 million calls to voters in phone banks all across the country, knocked on nearly 350,000 doors, sent almost 2 million pieces of mail, made more than 343,000 text messages, and held postcard parties, debate watch parties, and rallies in dozens of states. NARAL members vote at a rate of 90 percent, so much of NARAL’s $5 million election program focused on not only mobilizing our members but expanding the number of pro-choice voters. NARAL’s “Pro-Choice Majority Makers” program included TV and digital advertising, direct mail, and a campaign to educate and engage suburban women voters across the country to help them understand what’s at stake if abortion is criminalized by anti-choice politicians. 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.”