NARAL Members Were Behind Michelle Lujan Grisham from the Start, Mobilized to Help Her to Victory
For Immediate Release: November 6, 2018
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NARAL Pro-Choice America congratulates Michelle Lujan Grisham on her victory in tonight’s election. NARAL Pro-Choice America members endorsed Lujan Grisham early in the primary and mobilized voters for months to turn out the vote.
“At a time when Donald Trump and the anti-choice GOP continue to try and roll back our freedoms, Michelle Lujan Grisham is a beacon of hope and her victory is a sign of change to come,” said NARAL President Ilyse Hogue. “Tonight’s win shows that when candidates stand up for the women of New Mexico and their essential rights—including the right to access abortion—they win.
“NARAL members were proud to play a big role in this race, pouring their energy into this fight and mobilizing behind Michelle’s commitment to our shared values. We are proud to have helped push her across the finish line, and look forward to working together to defend and expand reproductive freedom for all.”
Lujan-Grisham’s victory is especially important as a part of the effort to repeal New Mexico’s unconstitutional pre-Roe v. Wade abortion ban, a law that remains on the books and will go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The ban provides that a woman may not obtain an abortion unless a special hospital board certifies in writing that: (1) continuation of the pregnancy is likely to result in the woman’s death or “grave impairment” of her physical or mental health; (2) if the woman gives birth, the child probably will have a grave physical or mental defect; (3) the pregnancy resulted from rape, which has been or will be reported to an appropriate law-enforcement official; or (4) the pregnancy resulted from incest. Any provider who administers a substance or uses any other means to cause an uncertified abortion is guilty of a felony.
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 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.”