For Immediate Release
June 16, 2020
EMILYs List Statement on Rep. Mike Garcia Cosponsoring Anti-Choice Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C — Today, Rep. Mike Garcia cosponsored the anti-choice “Life at Conception Act.” Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement:
“Just one month into his term in office, Congressman Garcia has chosen to cosponsor his first piece of dangerous legislation aiming to criminalize abortion and strip women of their fundamental reproductive freedom. Mike has made it clear that he will blindly support the current administration’s dangerous agenda, regardless of what it costs his constituents. Californians deserve better than an inexperienced legislator who lacks the ability to fight for their interests, and EMILYs List looks forward to helping Christy Smith defeat him in November.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic 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 strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 50,000 women have 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.