For Immediate Release
October 14, 2021
EMILYs List Denounces Anti-Choice Donations to Virginia PAC
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement after anti-choice groups donated more than $1 million to a PAC in Virginia:
“It is clear what is at stake in the election in Virginia this year. Abortion rights and reproductive freedom are under attack across the country, and anti-choice groups are trying to bring those restrictions to Virginia. It is imperative that we protect the Democratic majority and elect a Democratic pro-choice government in Virginia that will defend the right to choose and support families in ways that actually benefit the lives of all Virginians.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 158 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.