Election Brings Mixed Results For Pro-Choice Politics


November 9, 2016

Hartford, CT — We are alarmed about the election of anti-choice Donald Trump as President, and Mike Pence as Vice President. Pence has presided over a range of anti-choice measures as governor of Indiana. Trump has vowed to outlaw abortion and "punish” women who have abortions, particularly through the appointment of conservative justices to the Supreme Court. Such actions and rhetoric endanger the freedoms of women across America to make decisions about their own bodies.

In Connecticut, we are also concerned about the election of seven state senators endorsed by anti-choice organizations (Kissel, Witkos, Suzio, Markley, McLachlan, Kane, and Linares). We are particularly worried by the strongly anti-women rhetoric of State Senator Len Suzio (R), and the danger he presents to Connecticut women in trying to remove their rights to abortion and birth control.

Connecticut politicians have previously shown that reproductive choice has broad bipartisan support, including the fact that several Republicans requested endorsement by NARAL. Connecticut has clear constitutional protection for abortion and is one of 17 states that cover all or most medically necessary abortions through Medicaid. Connecticut residents are strongly pro-choice, reflective of the fact that 7 in 10 Americans support safe, legal access to abortion.

However, there was also some positive news for pro-choice politicians in Connecticut:

  • Of 49 candidates endorsed for state house races by NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC, 25 won their races.
  • A single state senator, Beth Bye, of eight endorsed candidates for senate seats, won their race.
  • Connecticut champions for choice, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, both endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, also won reelection.

Despite the gains made by anti-choice politicians, we are confident that the state Senate and House will continue to fight for a woman’s right to make choices about her own body. At NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, we will continue to fight for progressive policy and legislation around reproductive health, with a particular focus on policies that support low income women in our state. These are the values of the people of Connecticut, and we will be fighting hard to continue to make gains for women in our state.

The following politicians were endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC for statewide office and won their races. Endorsements were given only to candidates who are deemed by the NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC to be 100% pro-choice.

State Senate
Beth Bye (5) D

House of Representatives
Matt Ritter (1) D
Raghib Allie-Brennan (2) D
David Baram (15) D
Derek Slap (19) D
Joe Aresimowicz (30) D
Prasad Srinivasan (31) R
Christine Conley (40) D
Diana Urban (43) D
Linda Orange (48) D
Susan Johnson (49) D
Gregg Haddad (54) D
Michael Winkler (56) D
Scott Storms (60) R
Mike D'Agostino (91) D
Mary Mushinsky (85) D
James Albis (99) D
Matthew Lesser (100) D
Elizabeth Linehan (103) D
Bob Godfrey (110) D
Kim Rose (118) D
Cristin McCarthy Vahey (133) D
Jonathan Steinberg (136) D
Kevin Ryan (139) D
Caroline Simmons (144) D
Chris Perone (137) D

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About NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, Inc. 
The legislative arm of NARAL works to pass pro-choice legislation and defend against anti-choice legislation at the state capitol, believing strongly that all women have the right to access the full range of reproductive choices including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.