October 3, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock released the following statement after Republicans in Congress abdicated their responsibility to address gun violence and instead unanimously supported the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” also known as a 20-week abortion ban.
“As our country continues to reel following the unspeakable violence that occurred this week in Las Vegas, Republican lawmakers proved just how tragically and disgustingly out-of-touch they are. The allegedly 'pro-life' GOP is attacking women's autonomy over their own health and economic decisions.
“A majority of families across this country that whether and when to have a child is a decision that should be left up to women, their families, and their doctors. This GOP-led Congress is relentlessly pushing an ideological agenda – plain and simple. At EMILY's List, we will work every day to support pro-choice women candidates who seek to replace these legislators in November 2018.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.