Democratic Candidates & Moderators Finally Place Abortion Access Front and Center in Tonight’s Debate

September 12, 2019
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Statement from the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) Action Fund

NEW YORK – Andrea Miller, President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) Action Fund, released the following statement tonight commending moderators and candidates who participated in the Democratic debate for highlighting and firmly committing to protecting reproductive health, rights and justice. With Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court’s cross-hairs and abortion access at risk in states throughout the country, Miller has repeatedly called on the candidates to prioritize reproductive health care on the stage.

“After months of televised debates featuring virtual silence on abortion access, Democratic candidates tonight finally reaffirmed their commitments to protecting reproductive freedom amid unprecedented attacks from the Trump administration and its allies in state legislatures,” said Andrea Miller, president of the NIRH Action Fund. “Candidates pledged their support for codifying Roe v. Wade, appointing pro-choice Supreme Court justices, advancing reproductive justice, and prioritizing access to care for people of color, low-income and rural Americans. I thank the candidates and the moderators for recognizing the importance of the national crisis in access to abortion care, and for recognizing that support for Roe v. Wade is widespread across this country. Tonight, candidates showed that they intend to run and win on their support ensuring that women are able to make their own decisions about their bodies, lives and futures.”

For more than a decade, NIRH has been a leader in the fight to advance reproductive freedom across the country. Recently, they were integral to the successful effort to repeal an outdated criminal abortion ban in Massachusetts, and they led the fight to pass New York’s landmark Reproductive Health Act. Earlier this year, NIRH published a report tracking the passage of more than 100 bills to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice in 27 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.).


The NIRH Action Fund conducts nonpartisan advocacy and electoral engagement to advance reproductive freedom in states and cities across the country.

Using a partnership model, NIRH provides state and local advocates with strategic guidance, hands-on support, and funding to create national change from the ground up. We form strategic partnerships with a wide range of organizations to directly impact the reproductive health and lives of women across the country. Each year, NIRH works in at least 20 states and more than a dozen localities; to date, NIRH has partnered with more than 170 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in 43 states and 64 localities across the country.