FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks Veterans Day, a yearly celebration of those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. EMILYs List Interim President Jessica Mackler released the following statement recognizing the holiday:
“Veterans Day is a chance to honor the people who have chosen to answer the call to serve in the U.S. military. From across the world, from all backgrounds, they bravely take an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution. We honor their sacrifice and service and are proud to have supported several veterans serving in government today.
“We are also proud to support candidates who will uphold our fundamental freedoms, including voting rights, civil rights and reproductive freedom. While Republicans continue their attempts to criminalize abortion in our state legislatures, they also seek to prevent servicemembers from crossing state lines to obtain necessary health care when stationed in states where Republicans have already passed extreme abortion bans. This is a repugnant attempt by the GOP to limit the freedoms our veterans have fought to protect. EMILYs List will continue to work to elect more Democratic pro-choice women veterans who continue to serve their country in elected office and work to defend their constituents against these attacks on basic rights.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.