For immediate release: April 11, 2016

Contact:  Rebecca Griffin, rgriffin@prochoiceamerica.org, 415.500.8123

San Francisco, CA– NARAL Pro-Choice California’s PrivacyPAC has endorsed three candidates for state Assembly and Senate.

“PrivacyPAC is leading the fight to protect and grow the pro-choice majority in California,” said Amy Everitt, state director of NARAL Pro-Choice California. “We are fortunate to have great leaders in Sacramento, but we’re always looking to elect even more candidates who will stand up for reproductive freedom.”

PrivacyPAC proudly endorsed the following pro-choice champions:

  • Cheryl Cook-Kallio (AD 16)
  • Sharon Quirk-Silva (AD 65)
  • Sukhee Kang (SD 29)

Cheryl Cook-Kallio is a long-time public servant who is running against incumbent Catharine Baker. In 2014, Baker ran as a moderate pro-choice Republican, defeating Tim Sbranti. However, during her first term in the state Assembly, Baker has consistently voted against pro-choice legislation. She voted with the anti-choice majority against the Reproductive FACT Act, a bill sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice California that requires pregnancy centers to inform women of affordable reproductive healthcare options so they can make decisions without interference or delay. “Catharine Baker campaigned as a moderate pro-choice candidate, but she has betrayed her constituents who want a champion for reproductive freedom,” said Everitt. “Cheryl Cook-Kallio will actually live up to the pro-choice values that the majority of voters in the 16th district support.”

Sharon Quirk-Silva served in the State Assembly from 2012-2014, where she distinguished herself as a pro-choice champion. “Sharon Quirk-Silva has a proven track record of defending reproductive freedom in the Assembly, and voters in the 65th district need that tenacious leadership on their side in Sacramento,” said Everitt.

Sukhee Kang, former mayor of Irvine, has always run as a pro-choice candidate. “Sukhee Kang fundamentally understands the inextricable connection between reproductive freedom and economic security and will work hard to promote these values in Sacramento,” said Everitt.

“As dangerous anti-choice laws and rhetoric affect real women’s lives and limit safe access to reproductive health care around the country, strengthening the pro-choice majority in California is ever more critical,” said Everitt. “California must continue to lead the way and break new ground in expanding reproductive freedom, and that’s why we are thrilled to endorse these candidates in their races for state Assembly and Senate.”

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