As we learn more about how President-elect Trump intends to run the government, NARAL members and pro-choice Americans from across the country are coming together in record numbers to prepare for the fight of a lifetime.
The following information was prepared by representatives of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Record numbers of NARAL members are standing up and speaking out. The future for women and minorities under a Trump presidency is a bleak and harsh reality to face, but that doesn’t mean we’re throwing in the towel. In fact, in just the last week, NARAL saw more than a 500% increase in donations from Americans who are ready to fight for the values that define our nation. NARAL and our growing member base are regrouping to defend abortion access and our reproductive freedom during the Trump Administration. To find out more about how you can get involved and help organizations like ours fight against misogyny, racism, and discrimination, click here.
A little perspective and some advice. In an op-ed published in Cosmopolitan, NARAL President Ilyse Hogue wrote about the importance of women coming together to stand up and fight against the rise of anti-choice politicians like Donald Trump and Mike Pence. After such a hard loss for so many of us, it’s okay to grieve and be upset, but it’s not okay to give up. Ilyse details the numerous ways—big and small—that everyday Americans can help fight for our reproductive freedom. If there was ever a time to speak up and get involved, that time is now.
From the op-ed: “One hundred years ago this week, the very first woman was elected to federal office from Montana. Jeanette Rankin reflected on that honor and that burden at the end of her life and she said, “If I had my life to live over, I would do it all again, but this time I would be nastier.” Nasty women will make the difference. Let’s do it together.” — NARAL President Ilyse Hogue
A silver lining in the Silver State (and beyond). Despite a lot of hard losses on election night, NARAL is celebrating key victories for champions of reproductive freedom in states across the country. In Nevada in particular, NARAL saw dramatic returns on our deep investments to turn out the vote up and down the ballot. There, NARAL’s voter mobilization and paid media efforts helped elect the pro-choice leaders who flipped control of both chambers of the state legislature; secured the historic victory of the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate, Catherine Cortez Masto; and helped send two new pro-choice leaders to Congress, Jacky Rosen (NV-03) and Ruben Kihuen (NV-04).
Our victories expanded to many states. Our deep involvement in races helped elect new pro-choice leaders to the Senate, including Senators-elect Kamala Harris in California and Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire, and, Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), who will become the first Indian-American woman to serve in Congress. Now more than ever we need principled leaders like these to stand up for our right to basic reproductive health care. NARAL is proud to congratulate these amazing leaders!
NARAL responds quickly to news of Trump’s appointments. In a swift rebuke to President-elect Trump’s appointment of white nationalist Steve Bannon as his top adviser, NARAL and *All Above All quickly condemned Bannon’s long history of misogyny, racism, and discrimination. NARAL again found it necessary to highlight the out-of-touch worldview of a Trump acolyte when Sen. Jeff Sessions was announced as the nominee for Attorney General:
“The last person women and families need in this job is someone who has repeatedly given a pass to individuals who commit acts of violence against abortion clinics, doesn’t take sexual assault seriously, and was determined to be too racist by a GOP-led Senate to become a federal judge. But that’s who Jeff Sessions is. His record of misogyny and racism makes him unfit to be the country’s top lawyer. The American people deserve far better, but with Donald Trump at the helm, we know we won’t get it.” — NARAL President Ilyse Hogue
Most Americans would find the records and beliefs of these two men alarming. But for President-elect Trump, their backward views are relatable. His appointment of Steve Bannon and nomination of Sen. Sessions is a sad reflection of the priorities and values that will imbue the Trump administration.
NEW: Fact sheets on the road ahead for reproductive rights. From Roe v. Wade to contraception, there is no doubt that the President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence are about to implement their plan to roll back our access to basic reproductive healthcare. But what are the laws and background that will shape these coming fights? NARAL delves into this question in new fact sheets on the state of contraception coverage in the U.S. and what would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned.