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Self-proclaimed “100 percent pro-life” Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley is endorsed by leading anti-abortion senators, campaigned with fellow hardline anti-abortion candidates
Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Alexis McGill Johnson: “When candidates show you who they are, believe them”
(Seattle, WA) – Today in Seattle, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Alexis McGill Johnson held a press conference with local reproductive rights leaders to denounce self-proclaimed “100 percent pro-life” Tiffany Smiley’s extreme anti-abortion views and highlight the stakes of the Washington Senate race for abortion access in Washington state and nationwide. McGill Johnson was joined at the press conference by Washington State Sen. Yasmin Trudeau, Washington State Rep. My-Linh Thai, Dr. Eileen Gibbons, MD, a retired abortion provider, and Jennifer Martinez, a patient and advocate.
In recent weeks, Smiley has tried to hide the clear anti-abortion positions she took at the outset of her campaign — including endorsing the extreme Texas abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest — because she knows her extreme views are at odds with the overwhelming majority of Washington voters. Smiley praised the decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, and she continues to raise money from, campaign with, and collect endorsements from anti-abortion politicians who are committed to passing a national abortion ban.
“When candidates show you who they are, believe them. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Tiffany Smiley celebrated the loss of the freedom to govern our own bodies, while Senator Patty Murray continued to work to protect access to abortion for people across the country,” said Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Alexis McGill Johnson. “Throughout her tenure in office, Sen. Murray has been a leading voice for reproductive freedom in the U.S. Senate — mobilizing Democrats to force a vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act, and bringing forth resolutions and bills that would protect the right to travel, expand family planning, and protect doctors who are just providing health care. Sen. Murray has never wavered, and that’s why Planned Parenthood Action Fund proudly endorses her re-election.”
No matter how much she tries to bury her record now, the facts are clear: Tiffany Smiley supports allowing politicians to control women’s health care decisions. If elected, Tiffany Smiley would help extreme Republicans flip the Senate and ban abortion nationwide — even in Washington state.
“I strongly — and I mean strongly — encourage every woman, and man who loves a woman, daughter, aunt or sister, to vote like their life depends on it, cause it does,” said Dr. Eileen Gibbons, MD, a retired abortion provider.“Vote for Patty Murray. Vote to protect women’s autonomy over their bodies, vote to protect the right to choice and access to birth control and reproductive freedom.”
“I am proud to stand with Senator Murray and the vast majority of Washingtonians who know what’s at risk when we condone anti-choice rhetoric and promote anti-choice candidates,” said Washington State Senator Yasmin Trudeau. “We will not let our freedoms and rights that we fought so hard for erode. We will stand with Washingtonians and stand up for Washingtonians as we continue this fight to ensure that every person has the right to bodily integrity, autonomy, reproductive care, gender-affirming access, and equitable access to that care.”
“In Washington state, the people elect leaders who listen to their needs. In Washington state, the people partner with leaders who work hard everyday to improve their quality of life, to safeguard people’s constitutional rights, and to support progressive movements for racial, social, and climate justice,” said Washington State Representative My-Linh Thai. “As a healthcare provider, my vote this November is for Senator Murray.”
“Because I had the right to make the choice to have those abortions in my early twenties, I was able to make a different choice in my mid-thirties to become a parent for the first time,” said patient and advocate Jennifer Martinez. “This is not a decision that can be made by elected officials, or by the courts. This decision is intimate, huge, and not without consequence. This is why it is crucial that we send Senator Murray back to Congress. Since she was first elected, Senator Murray has been transparent and has not budged on her pro-choice stance. There’s no guessing game here. I know she has my back, support my right to choose what is best for me, and is fiercely fighting to protect pro-choice rights for all of us every single day!”
Some of Smiley’s first endorsements came from politicians leading radical anti-abortion efforts in the U.S. Senate — Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) is reportedly leading efforts to draft a national abortion ban, and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) questioned the constitutionality of birth control. Smiley has also campaigned with U.S. House candidate Matt Larkin in WA-08, who indicated he would vote in favor of a nationwide abortion ban and has called for banning certain forms of birth control.
When it comes to upholding important rights like access to safe reproductive health care, Tiffany Smiley is wrong for Washington.