Planned Parenthood Statement on Doug Jones Victory in Alabama Senate Race
For Immediate Release: Dec. 12, 2017
Washington, DC –– Planned Parenthood Action Fund released the following statement after Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in the Alabama special election for U.S. Senate:
Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice Price President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
“Today, Alabama voters sent a clear message: There is no place in the U.S. Senate for candidates accused of sexual misconduct or for sexism, intolerance, or bigotry. Roy Moore tried to make this race about criminalizing abortion, and that failed. We applaud Alabama voters for choosing a champion that will fight to protect access to birth control, cancer screenings, and reproductive health care across the state and country. We will proudly support Doug Jones as he upholds a woman's right to make her own health care decisions without politicians interfering.”
Statement from Staci Fox, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates:
“A victory for Doug Jones is a victory for Alabama and for women everywhere! On this day, Alabama elected a leader who has proven that he will fight for women, children, and families — no matter what. And on this day, Alabama took a stand for what is right. They took a stand for survivors of sexual assault and they trusted women. They made it clear that they will not tolerate this pervasive abuse of power — not in Alabama, and certainly not in the U.S. Senate. Instead, Alabama elected a leader who embodies compassion, inclusivity, and integrity. We are honored to serve the people of Alabama and we look forward to working with Doug Jones to fight for access to reproductive health care for all.”
Background: Roy Moore tried to make this race about banning abortion. Here’s why that failed.
Clarity Campaign Labs poll: This poll found that nearly one in five Moore voters support legal abortion, with 18 percent of Moore voters believing that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. This measurement was taken early in the race — and could indicate that Moore’s aggressive framing of abortion hurt his ability to win a deeply Republican seat. Additionally, this poll showed that when you actually ask “get-able” voters, that “abortion is moving less than 1 percent of the total electorate to support Roy Moore over Doug Jones.”Rather, it’s the deep-seated partisanship in Alabama that is hurting Jones.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.