NARAL Pro-Choice America Celebrates Katie Porter’s Victory in California’s 47th Congressional District

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 17, 2022

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NARAL Pro-Choice America Celebrates Katie Porter’s Victory in California’s 47th Congressional District

Anti-choice, anti-freedom Republican Scott Baugh’s defeat is a victory for California and reproductive freedom

California California voters have re-elected NARAL-endorsed Representative Katie Porter to the US House of Representatives. Porter’s victory over anti-choice, anti-freedom Republican Scott Baugh marks a huge victory for reproductive freedom.

In response to Porter’s victory, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju release the following statement:

“NARAL Pro-Choice America, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and our 371,000 members in California congratulate Representative Katie Porter on her re-election. The people of CA-47 deserve a champion who will fight for their basic rights, and we are grateful for Rep. Porter’s leadership as we fight back for reproductive freedom.

NARAL Pro-Choice California Director Shannon Olivieri Hovis He said:

“During Representative Katie Porter’s time in the US House, she has repeatedly fought for reproductive freedom. NARAL is grateful to have Representative Porter with us in the fight for our basic rights. We look forward to continuing our work together to protect and expand reproductive freedom for everybody.”

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In June, the US Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade in his decision at Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Institute—end the constitutional right to abortion and open the door for extreme state legislators to impose absolute bans on abortion. This decision is already having a devastating effect across the country as 14 states enforce extreme or total abortion bans. The people most hurt by these bans and restrictions are those who already face barriers to accessing abortion care—including women; Black, Latina/x, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and indigenous people; those who work to make ends meet; the LGBTQ+ community; immigrants; Young people; those who live in rural communities; people with disabilities, and other historically oppressed communities.

NARAL endorsed Porter as part of its largest-ever midterm election program to elect candidates up and down the ballot during this critical moment in the fight for reproductive freedom. The program focuses on deep field investments in phone banking, door knocking, youth organizing, and canvassing, along with a robust communications campaign to support endorsed candidates and ballot initiatives in California, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Nevada. Read more about NARAL endorsed candidates here.

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NARAL’s work in California includes:

  • Knocked on over 3,200 doors, made more than 32,000 calls, held 65 candidate canvassing and organized events, and sent almost 247,000 text messages to support our reproductive freedom champions and the Proposition 1 ballot initiative;
  • Approving 32 leaders for reproductive freedom to run in open races and challengers and 54 champions for re-election;
  • Serve on the Campaign Committee for Yes on Prop 1 and work alongside partners ensure that Californians vote to enshrine the right to abortion and birth control in the state constitution; a
  • Using NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju fight alongside champions and get the vote in key races.

Key components of our mid-term campaign include:

  • Harnessing the full power of our 4 million members to mobilize their communities through traditional organizing tactics. In total, we knocked on over 330,000 doors, made almost 707,000 calls, sent over 868,000 text messages, and filled over 4,860 volunteer shifts.
  • Continue to expand the impact of our cutting-edge voter sentiment research on abortion, including our innovative freedom-focused messaging, through train candidates, volunteers and activists to speak to their communities in ways that we know align with their values ​​and move them to act on their beliefs.
  • Introduce a pilot program in Michigan with 14 organizers working on seven four-year college campuses and over 20 community college campuses to register voters and mobilize over 721 volunteers.
  • Endorsing candidates in over 200 races across the country for federal and state offices.
  • NARAL, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and EMILY’s List publish partnership in May to jointly spend the historic $150 million in the 2022 midterms to elect reproductive freedom champions up and down the ballot across the country.
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For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and promote reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and postpartum care, and paid family leave—for every body. NARAL is powered by its 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.

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