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NARAL Pro-Choice New York Announces 2012 U.S. House Endorsements

New Yorkers Stand Poised to Influence Composition of Congress
Contact: Tara Sweeney, 917-488-0094

Today NARAL Pro-Choice New York announced its full list of endorsements for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2012 election cycle. A diverse mix of pro-choice incumbents, challengers, and contenders vying for open seats, all endorsed candidates have proven their commitment to protecting every woman’s access to quality reproductive health care, including abortion and contraception.

"NARAL Pro-Choice New York is proud to endorse this slate of 100% pro-choice candidates from every district in the Empire State,” said Andrea Miller, President of NARAL Pro-Choice New York. "Throughout this past Congressional session, the House has been vicious in its attacks on women’s access to basic health care and freedom to make personal decisions about our reproductive lives. This election cycle, New Yorkers can play a crucial role in putting an end to these attacks by sending representatives to Congress who are willing and eager to stand up and advance our pro-choice values.”

Since 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted against women’s health eleven times, targeting every aspect of reproductive care, from defunding the nation’s largest women’s health care provider to allowing hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care even if necessary to save a woman’s life.

"We have witnessed an unprecedented onslaught of attacks, and we are proud to stand behind our pro-choice champions in the House who have stood firm and fought back,” Miller said. "We are also eager to support the new round of candidates – such as Dan Maffei, Sean Patrick Maloney, Mark Murphy, and Julian Schreibman – who are all bravely taking on anti-choice incumbents whose central priorities include robbing women of basic health care and undermining our ability to participate fully in society.”

Miller concluded, "New York will play a critical role this November, and from the top of the ticket all the way down, the distinctions could not be clearer, nor the stakes any higher for anyone who cares about the health and well-being of women and our families.”

NARAL Pro-Choice New York will continue to roll out endorsements as the election nears.

2012 NARAL Pro-Choice New York’s Endorsements for House of Representatives:

Incumbents:
NY-1                      Timothy Bishop (D)
NY-3                      Steve Israel (D)
NY-4                      Carolyn McCarthy (D)
NY-5                      Gregory Meeks (D)
NY-7                      Nydia Velazquez (D)
NY-9                      Yvette Clarke (D)
NY-10                    Jerrold Nadler (D)
NY-12                    Carolyn Maloney (D)
NY-13                    Charles Rangel (D)
NY-14                    Joseph Crowley (D)
NY-15                    Jose Serrano, Sr. (D)
NY-16                    Eliot Engel (D)
NY-17                    Nita Lowey (D)
NY-20                    Paul Tonko (D)
NY-21                    Bill Owens (D)
NY-25                    Louise Slaughter (D)
NY-26                    Brian Higgins (D)
NY-27                    Kathy Hochul (D)

Challengers:
NY-2                      Vivianne Falcone (D)
NY-11                    Mark Murphy (D)
NY-18                    Sean Patrick Maloney (D)
NY-19                    Julian Schreibman (D)
NY-22                    Dan Lamb (D)
NY-23                    Nate Shinagawa (D)
NY-24                    Dan Maffei (D)

Open Seats:
NY-6                      Grace Meng (D)
NY-8                      Hakeem Jeffries (D)

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