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Extreme Anti-Choice Groups Rally Behind Drazan in the Last 24 Hours, Planned Parenthood PAC Board Member & Tina Kotek Campaign Respond

[Bend, OR] – Yesterday, one of the nation’s most extreme anti-abortion groups announced they’ve officially endorsed Christine Drazan for governor, calling her an “unwavering pro-life partner and fierce advocate.” 

The extreme group appears to be coordinating with Oregon Right to Life, which held a press conference in support of Drazan yesterday and launched a new webpage, where they stated Drazan is “committed” and “proven” when it comes to their shared agenda to ban abortion. 

Today in Bend, Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon Board Member Hilary Garrett joined Tina’s “Defending our Reproductive Rights” tour and responded to these alarming new developments:

“If you still aren’t convinced reproductive rights are on the ballot this November, let me tell you about the anti-abortion lobbying groups that have rallied behind Drazan in the last 24 hours: 

“Just yesterday, Oregon Right to Life held a press conference in support of Drazan. Oregon Right to Life openly advocates for an all-out abortion ban — without exceptions for survivors of rape and incest.

“They said Drazan is dedicated and ‘proven’ when it comes to their shared agenda to ban abortion. In fact, Drazan personally sponsored legislation in 2019 and 2020 that could jail doctors who provide abortion services. 

“And just yesterday, an extreme national anti-abortion group announced they are also endorsing Drazan. The group, called the ‘Abortion Survivors Network,’ said that Drazan is an ‘unwavering pro-life partner.’ 

“This same group was featured in a $10 million ad buy urging the Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade. And now they’re backing Christine Drazan because they know she’ll stand with them to restrict our reproductive freedom.”

Tina Kotek’s campaign also released the following statement from communications director, Katie Wertheimer:

“The last 24 hours should serve as a warning to Oregon voters: Christine Drazan is in lock-step with the most extreme anti-abortion groups in the country, and she will absolutely work to take away our reproductive rights if she wins in November.”

“This is not a drill: some of the most extreme anti-abortion groups in Oregon and nationwide are hard at work to get her elected. Representative Drazan is trying to sweep all of this under the rug. She doesn’t want you to know how some of the most extreme anti-choice groups in the state and in the nation are working overtime to get her elected. But Oregonians will not be fooled — they will reject Drazan’s extreme anti-abortion agenda this November.”

About the extreme national anti-abortion group backing Drazan: The Abortion Survivors Network is a national anti-abortion group that sought to push through anti-choice policies across the country. The group is closely aligned with the extreme Susan B. Anthony List–which is working to restrict abortion “in every state and in every legislature…”  Abortion Survivors Network also filed an amicus brief in support of the Texas heartbeat bill and was apart of a $10 million ad campaign to support the Dobbs decision. 

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