ICYMI: Smiley reiterates support for Texas abortion ban, campaign said Smiley’s “position is pro-life, and she respects the decision the state of Texas made”
ICYMI: Pro-choice groups say electing Tiffany Smiley puts abortion at risk in Washington; Planned Parenthood Action Fund leader Alexis McGill Johnson campaigns for Murray in Seattle
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(Seattle, WA) — Today, the People for Patty Murray Campaign launched a new TV ad, Madi, that features a young woman from Texas sharing her harrowing experience of traveling 14 hours out of state to get reproductive health care after Texas enacted its extreme abortion ban. The new ad comes as Smiley’s campaign doubled down on her support for the Texas abortion ban over the weekend, with a spokesperson clarifying that Smiley’s “‘position is pro-life, and she respects the decision the state of Texas made’” — in other words, she respects extreme abortion bans with no exceptions for rape or incest.
“I’m from Texas,” a young woman, Madi, says in the direct-to-camera spot. “Because abortion is illegal in my state, I had to travel fourteen hours for reproductive health care. I have never been more terrified in my life. MAGA Republican Tiffany Smiley agrees with Texas law. Republicans are already trying to ban abortion nationwide — even here in Washington. They need Tiffany Smiley in the Senate to do it. Oppose Tiffany Smiley so Washington women don’t suffer like I have.”
Tiffany Smiley is an unabashed anti-abortion candidate—she is, in her own words, “100 percent pro-life.” At the start of her campaign, Tiffany Smiley endorsed the Texas abortion ban — one of the most extreme in the nation, with no exceptions for rape or incest — even while admitting “there’s a lot of parts of it that make it hard for me in Washington state.” Smiley cheered the decision that overturned Roe and allowed states to ban abortion with no exceptions. She is raising money from, campaigning with, and collecting endorsements from anti-abortion politicians who are committed to passing a national abortion ban. Her first vote would be to make Mitch McConnell Senate majority leader — and Republicans are already introduced legislation to ban abortion nationwide.
Last month, Murray took to the airwaves to underscore the stakes of Washington’s Senate race when it comes to the right to choose. And in June, Murray launched a spot featuring a Washington state OB-GYN physician as well as a direct-to-camera ad with Senator Murray affirming her commitment to protecting abortion rights for women and patients in Washington. Earlier this month, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Alexis McGill Johnson held a press conference in Seattle with local reproductive rights leaders to denounce Tiffany Smiley’s extreme anti-abortion views.
Murray has led the fight to protect reproductive rights her entire career, that’s why the Washington Post called Murray, “the single most effective Democratic combatant against Republican attempts to restrict abortion and otherwise roll back reproductive health-care rights on Capitol Hill.”