People for Patty Murray Campaign Statement on SCOTUS Overturning Roe v. Wade

Press Release | June 24, 2022

(Seattle, WA) — In response to the news that the Supreme Court of the United States has overturned Roe v. Wade, Helen Hare, Campaign Manager of the People for Patty Murray Campaign issued the following statement:

“Let’s be clear: reproductive rights aren’t safe in Washington state either, because Mitch McConnell and extreme Republicans are hoping anti-abortion candidates like Tiffany Smiley will help them flip the Senate so they can push a national abortion ban.

“While Smiley is trying to hide her support for abortion bans from Washington voters, it could not be clearer where Senator Murray stands: she will continue to fight every single day for the right of every woman–in Washington state and across the country–to make their own health care decisions.

“For anyone who believes politicians should be kept out of women’s private health care decisions, it is critical Senator Murray, ‘the single most effective Democratic combatant against Republican attempts to restrict abortion’, be re-elected to the Senate this fall.”

Smiley has she has repeatedly said she is “100% pro-life” and in support of the a Texas-style abortion ban, even though “there’s a lot of parts of it that make it very hard for me in Washington state.”

Smiley’s earliest endorsers include Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), who is reportedly leading efforts to draft legislation that would ban abortion nationwide. Smiley also proudly accepted the endorsement of longtime anti-abortion Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), who made headlines for her outrageous anti-abortion, anti-contraception questioning during the confirmation hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.