For Immediate Release
July 12, 2018
EMILYs List Statement on Josh Svaty’s Record on Choice
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, Democratic candidates for governor of Kansas debated a range of issues, including their stances on abortion. Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications at EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Despite the rhetoric thrown around at last night’s debate, the fact remains that Senator Laura Kelly is the only candidate running for Kansas governor who has a strong, consistent legislative record on protecting women’s rights to make their own health care decisions. Josh Svaty voted to restrict abortion rights 11 times while he was in the state Legislature, and the other candidates don’t have legislative records to back up their claims to be pro-choice. Now more than ever, Kansans need a governor who will protect a woman’s constitutional right to choose. Senator Kelly is the only candidate whom voters can trust to protect access to reproductive care and fight to expand access to health care and economic opportunity.”
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.