Candidate Earns Endorsement from State’s Leading Pro-Choice Advocacy Group

For Immediate Release: December 20, 2019

NARAL Pro-Choice California today announced its endorsement of Ann Ravel in her bid to represent California’s 15th Senate District. Ravel is an attorney, adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and director at MapLight, an organization advocating for transparency in campaign finance. She served on the Federal Election Commission from 2013 to 2017, a post to which she was nominated by President Obama. Ravel is an outspoken advocate for reproductive freedom, recently sharing her own family’s powerful abortion story in The San-Jose Mercury News last week, shining a spotlight on the real human toll of restricting women’s access to safe and legal abortion.

“Ann Ravel is exactly the kind of fierce, tireless champion we need fighting for reproductive freedom in the California Senate,” said Shannon Hovis, Director of NARAL Pro-Choice California. “She has spent her life advocating for fairness in our democracy and fighting on behalf of women. Not only does Ann share our values, but she goes above and beyond to uplift the issue of reproductive freedom, publicly sharing her own family’s heartbreaking story about the cost of criminalizing abortion. NARAL is proud to back her in this race, and we look forward to the work she will do for California women and families in the state legislature.” 

“I’m so honored to earn the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice California,” said Ann Ravel. “The fight for reproductive freedom is far from over. Despite an increasing nationwide pattern of rolling back women’s rights, we’re making some progress – but not enough. As State Senator, I will do everything in my power to protect access to safe abortions and continue to fight for gender equity.”  

Ravel was raised in Chile by her Brazilian mother and her American father, and they came to San José when she was eleven years old. She has also served as chair of the CA Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice. She worked as an attorney in the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office from 1998 to 2009.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2.5 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom.  In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”
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