FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2021
CONTACT: Kelly Novak, [email protected]
“It is long past time that New York City elects a powerful, progressive, pro-choice woman as mayor.”
NEW YORK CITY – The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) Action Fund PAC announced endorsements of both Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley for the 2021 New York City mayoral race. In New York City’s first major election with Ranked Choice Voting, New Yorkers have the chance to vote for both of these amazingly capable women who share a vision for New York City.
The NIRH Action Fund PAC believes that cities have unique power and potential to advance reproductive freedom. It endorses candidates who will use the full extent of their policy and programmatic powers to boldly support the freedom and ability of each person to control their reproductive and sexual lives and foster thriving families.
“It is long past time that New York City elects a powerful, progressive, pro-choice woman as Mayor,” said Andrea Miller, president of NIRH Action Fund. “We are thrilled to support these two candidates, who will use policy and innovation to make New York City a leader on a range of reproductive freedom issues. We need leaders who will take bold steps to ensure affordability and access to the full range of reproductive health care, address the Black maternal mortality crisis, and institute K-12 comprehensive sexuality education citywide — among a range of other critical issues. Both Garcia and Wiley are proven leaders with the experience in city government to improve the lives of New York City’s more than 8 million residents, and the vision to create a more just and equitable city for all.”
“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) Action Fund PAC. Reproductive care is a right and the NIRH Action Fund has been on the frontlines for 40 years fighting for everyone to have the freedom and dignity they deserve. I’m proud to stand with them in partnership and as NYC’s next mayor, commit to doing the work day in and day out to advance reproductive rights in this city,” Kathryn Garcia said. “It’s time for new leadership at City Hall. After 400 years of the same, we need a mayor who understands first-hand the importance and urgency of reproductive justice for all New Yorkers. As a mom of two, I take this personally and I will fight for women and people across NYC to access quality, affordable healthcare and support they need. In partnership with organizations like NIRH Action Fund, we can end the racial injustice of the maternal mortality rate in our city. We can guarantee equal access to care no matter your economic background and we will always stand up for choice. As mayor, I will fight tirelessly for reproductive rights, health, and justice and the ability for all New Yorkers to control our reproductive and sexual lives.”
“It is an honor to receive this endorsement today from the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund PAC, an organization dedicated to safeguarding access to reproductive health care here in New York City and across the nation,” Maya Wiley said. “In this moment where women yet again see their rights and their bodies under siege, the work of NIRH Action Fund is more critical than ever. As mayor, I will be a devoted and tireless champion for reproductive freedom and our rights as women to choose what we do with our own bodies. I couldn’t be prouder to have the NIRH Action Fund as a partner in this fight.”
The NIRH Action Fund PAC identifies and supports pro-choice candidates for state and local positions in New York. We elect candidates who stand up for everyone’s right to control their reproductive lives, and work with elected officials to protect and advance reproductive rights, all in partnership with allied groups in states and cities. Our strategy is to go on the offensive and focus on communities where the need is great and we can make a difference, so the fabric of reproductive freedom becomes harder to tear apart.