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January 29, 2018

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Applauds Wagner Appointment to Oregon State Senate

PORTLAND, OR – NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon applauds yesterday’s decision by Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington County Commissioners to appoint Rob Wagner to the seat recently vacated by Richard Devlin in Senate District 19.

The NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC proudly endorsed Wagner in his 2017 race for the Lake Oswego School Board, recognizing his commitment to ensure access to reproductive health services is available for all students and promoting comprehensive sexuality education curriculum.

In the hearing to prior to the Commissioners’ vote, Wagner spoke to the opportunity to use his Senate seat to champion laws that focus on economic and social equity for the most vulnerable Oregonians:

“I am proud to represent SD 19 on the issues most important to my constituents, including affordable access to all reproductive healthcare. I will uphold the legacy of Senator Richard Devlin by being a true pro-choice champion in Salem and working to address disparities in healthcare access for all Oregonians.”

The district’s longtime Senator Richard Devlin was a highly-respected advocate for women’s issues and most recently acted as one of the chief sponsors of the 2017 Reproductive Health Equity Act, which codified the right to legal abortion and expanded no-cost coverage for reproductive health services to include abortion and vasectomy to people regardless of gender identity or immigration status.

Grayson Dempsey, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon said, “Senate District 19’s constituents have made it clear that they want pro-choice leadership in Salem and yesterday’s vote by the County Commissioners affirms these values. We know that Senator Wagner will be a true champion for Oregon women and their families and we look forward to working with him to protect and expand reproductive rights in our state.”

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About NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, PAC
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon is the state’s pro-choice political leader and has spent 40 years protecting reproductive rights, including abortion access, for all Oregonians. With more than 10,000 members statewide, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon is on the front lines in the fight to expand access to affordable abortion care and contraception, increase equity in health care, and ensure paid family medical leave.

The PAC helps pro-choice champions get elected at every level of government, and works to defeat candidates who will roll back protections for abortion, contraception, and reproductive health care.

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