For Immediate Release
May 19, 2021
EMILY's List Statement on Texas Governor Abbott Signing Bill to Ban Abortion
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signing a bill that bans abortion at 6 weeks, before some people even know they're pregnant, and allows Texans to sue anyone who provides or even helps someone get an abortion, EMILY's List Executive Director Emily Cain offered the following statement:
“For years, Republicans have tried to hide their true intentions around abortion. But now, with reproductive rights at risk more than ever and several new abortion restrictions introduced this year alone, their goal is clear: overturn Roe v. Wade and end the right to make our own health care decisions. Today's bill is the latest and perhaps worst example of this effort, a reminder that too many elected officials are willing to ignore the will and the rights of the people they serve. We stand with the majority of Americans in opposing these efforts and will continue the vital work of electing Democratic pro-choice women to protect our rights.”
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, 157 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.