Abortion rights group picks a side in Georgia race for governor

Democrat Stacey Abrams at a 2017 rally. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

A leading abortion rights group endorsed Democrat Stacey Abrams campaign for governor, calling the Atlanta lawmaker a “true fighter for women and families.”

The endorsement Friday by NARAL Pro-Choice America is the latest prominent national group to back Abrams. She earlier picked up support earlier from Democracy for America and Emily’s List, which both pledged to marshal their resources behind her campaign.

“As governor, Stacey will look out for women and defend our right to access basic healthcare, including contraception and abortion,” said Ilyse Hogue, the NARAL president.

Abrams, a former state House minority leader, faces fellow Democratic state Rep. Stacey Evans in next year’s vote. The two are already divvying up support from Democratic powerbrokers as they race to try to flip Georgia for the first time since 2002, and both have similar views on women’s rights issues. Four Republicans, all with hefty campaign coffers, are in the race.

Abrams said she would fiercely oppose any efforts to restrict abortion and vowed to back “access to reproductive health care services, paid family leave, and protections from pregnancy discrimination” if elected.

More AJC coverage of the governor’s race:

A new ‘religious liberty’ debate in Georgia takes aim at Cagle

Health policy splits Georgia gov candidates after repeal’s fail

Governor’s race revives a familiar feud between Kemp, Abrams

Stacey Abrams is running for governor of Georgia. Here’s her plan

Gov contenders slam Georgia’s income tax

How Trump is shaking up the governor’s race

Georgia governor race: Who is running in 2018

 


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