For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Georgia — Today, NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia announced its endorsement of 16 candidates running in the 2022 elections for seats in the Georgia state Senate and state House of Representatives. These candidates are champions for reproductive freedom who can be counted on to defend and advance our fundamental rights.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju released the following statement:
“NARAL Pro-Choice America is proud to support these reproductive freedom champions in their bids for the Georgia General Assembly. With the constitutional right to abortion on the line at the U.S. Supreme Court, having champions who will defend our freedom to decide in office at the state level is as important as ever. Our members in Georgia are excited to roll up their sleeves and get to work to support these candidates during a time when our fundamental rights are in a state of absolute emergency.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America Southeast Campaigns Director Alicia Stallworth released the following statement:
“We are ecstatic to release this newest slate of champions who have demonstrated the ability to protect and advocate for reproductive freedom in the Georgia legislature. Georgians need the bold leadership of these candidates now more than ever, and we look forward to continuing to work by their side to ensure that all of our families and communities have what they need to thrive.”
Endorsements for Georgia State Senate:
- Nikki Merritt (SD 09)
- Harold Jones (SD 22)
- Michael Rhett (SD 33)
- Nan Orrock (SD 36)
- Sally Harrell (SD 40)
- Kim Jackson (SD 41)
- Elena Parent (SD 42)
- Gail Davenport (SD 44)
- Gloria Butler (SD 55)
Endorsements for Georgia House of Representatives:
- Teri Anulewicz (HD 42)
- Mary Robichaux (HD 48)
- Michelle Au (HD 50)
- Shea Roberts (HD 52)
- Park Cannon (HD 58)
- Kim Schofield (HD 63)
- Dar’shun Kendrick (HD 95)
Listening to state leaders and recognizing the power and necessity of real on-the-ground investments, NARAL Pro-Choice America launched its Georgia chapter—NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia—in 2017 to help build the progressive momentum and infrastructure necessary to make Georgia a key battleground state. NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia spent years working alongside other in-state groups to lay the foundation to help flip Georgia blue, mobilizing tens of thousands of voters to turn out for reproductive freedom candidates, including this slate of reproductive freedom champions.
This endorsement comes as NARAL Pro-Choice America is ramping up its work to elect candidates up and down the ballot during a critical moment in the fight for reproductive freedom. In the coming months, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization—a case about Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban that directly challenges Roe v. Wade. Should Roe fall, state leaders will be even more critical in the fight to protect and advance abortion rights and access. If the landmark abortion rights decision is undone, 28 states—including Georgia—are expected to take action to prohibit abortion outright, 13 of which already have “trigger bans” in place that would ban abortion automatically.
The anti-choice movement believes the end of Roe is on the horizon, and lawmakers hostile to reproductive freedom are going to unprecedented lengths to undermine access to abortion care. The people hurt most by abortion restrictions like these are those who already face barriers to accessing abortion care—including women; Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; those working to make ends meet; LGBTQ+ people; immigrants; young people; those living in rural communities; and people with disabilities.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, paid family leave, and protections from pregnancy discrimination—for every body. NARAL is powered by its more than 2.5 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support safe, legal abortion.