NARAL Pro-Choice America has decided to pull their endorsement for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema after the Democrat Arizona lawmaker refuse to support a change in Senate rules that would have allowed passage of Democratic voting bills.
NARAL president Mini Timmaraju announced on Tuesday that the organization will change their “endorsement criteria,” in which it will “not endorse or support any senator” who does not work to pass the Democrats’ election overhaul legislation, Fox News reported.
“Our democracy is in peril. Anti-choice, anti-democracy forces — including all 50 Republican Senators — are dead-set on dismantling the very foundation of our republic. We cannot let this happen,” Timmaraju said.
“It is past time for the Senate to pass the voting rights protections in the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act and safeguard the freedom to vote by any means necessary,” she said.
“We will not endorse or support any senator who refuses to find a path forward on this critical legislation,” she added. “Without ensuring that voters have the freedom to participate in safe and accessible elections, a minority with a regressive agenda and a hostility to reproductive freedom will continue to block the will of the majority of Americans.”
With the decision, NARAL has joined a list of organizations that are withdrawing their support from Sen. Sinema as well as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) who also opposed changing Senate rules to overcome a Republican filibuster against the major voting bill.
A change to the filibuster would require support from all Senate Democrats. But on Wednesday evening, Jan. 19, Sinema joined Manchin and all Senate Republicans in a 52-48 vote to preserve the filibuster.
Following the vote, Emily’s List, a political action committee helping female Democratic candidates who support allowing abortion, said on Wednesday that it will not endorse Sinema, claiming she rejected the voices of allies, partners and constituents.