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Statement from In Our Own Voice President and CEO Marcela Howell
WASHINGTON — Once again, Black women voters turned out in large numbers on Election Day, voting in support of Reproductive Justice and candidates who support legal abortion. Marcela Howell, founder, and president of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, issued the following statement:
“It’s no surprise that Black women not only turned out to vote in large numbers but that we also voted to stop anti-abortion ballot measures. Our most recent national polling data showed that Black women were motivated to vote after Roe v. Wade was overturned and ranked abortion rights as one of their top five reasons for voting. Black women equate abortion rights to healthcare, racial justice, and the economy.
“That turnout was a result of campaigns like our “I AM A Reproductive Justice VOTER” campaign which engaged with more than 800,000 Black women voters in key states such as FL, GA, OH, PA and TX through direct mail, digital ads, and GOTV billboards. Just as important as getting those voters to the polls, we also have worked with them to stay engaged with the political system between elections and to hold elected officials accountable.”