NARAL Pro-Choice America announced its endorsement today of Theresa Greenfield, one of four Democrats vying for the chance to unseat GOP Sen. Joni Ernst.
In a press release, the abortion rights group called the Iowa race “crucial to flipping the Senate and protecting reproductive freedom.”
“As long as Senator Ernst and Majority Leader [Mitch] McConnell are in Washington working to defund Planned Parenthood and undermine Roe v. Wade, it’s clear that women’s health and rights will be at risk and under attack,” said Greenfield, in a statement.
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called Ernst a “rubber stamp” for President Donald Trump and Sen. McConnell’s “harmful agenda and anti-choice judicial nominees while spouting derogatory and hateful rhetoric about reproductive rights.”
“NARAL is proud to endorse Theresa Greenfield and ensure Iowans have the kind of leader who will fight for them in practice, not just on paper,” Hogue said.
NARAL Pro-Choice Iowa is one of the group’s 19 affiliate chapters nationwide.
For Ernst, NARAL scored her “Congressional Record On Choice” at 0%. She repeatedly has introduced bills in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood and voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
In 2014, during Ernst’s first Senate run, NARAL Pro-Choice America ran ads critical of her anti-abortion views.
“As Iowa’s next senator, I’ll fight to protect reproductive freedom and ensure we defend every women’s constitutional right to make her own health care decisions,” Greenfield said, noting she was “deeply grateful to have NARAL’s support.”
Greenfield leads her Democratic opponents in fundraising, and also out-raised Ernst in the third quarter, bringing in $1.1 million compared to the incumbent’s $955,966.
By Elizabeth Meyer