NEW YORK — National prochoice organizing project #VOTEPROCHOICE today endorsed Melissa Mark-Viverito for New York City Public Advocate. #VOTEPROCHOICE endorses prochoice champions up and down the ballot across the country. #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder & CEO Heidi Sieck praised Mark-Viverito for making reproductive freedom a top priority in her campaign for Public Advocate and during her time in City Council.

“Melissa Mark-Viverito is the prochoice champion we need as Public Advocate and #VOTEPROCHOICE is thrilled to endorse her today. With Trump in the White House and Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, the repeal of Roe is closer than ever — and we need prochoice champions on the local level to protect our reproductive freedom. As Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito made reproductive freedom a top priority, from supporting legislation to protect New Yorkers from fraudulent anti-abortion pregnancy service centers to creating a new sexual education task force, to advocating for free birth control for New York City residents,” said #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi Sieck. “As Public Advocate, Melissa Mark-Viverito will hold all city services and policies accountable as related to sexuality, health and wellbeing through the office’s oversight responsibilities and through her ability to introduce legislation. Reproductive freedom is a part of nearly every service and impacts every single New Yorker. We must have a Public Advocate who understands that and Melissa Mark-Viverito truly does.”

Sieck continued, “With the long-overdue passage of the Reproductive Health Act, New York is finally leading on reproductive freedom — but there is more work to be done. New York City must strengthen laws protecting reproductive health centers, support increased federal funding for healthcare providers, and make sure all New Yorkers can access affordable sexual and reproductive healthcare services.”

“I am proud to have the support of #VOTEPROCHOICE. I have always championed reproductive rights, from supporting legislation to protect women from fraudulent anti-abortion pregnancy service centers to advocating for free birth control for New Yorkers to creating a sexual education task force. Our reproductive freedom is under attack by Trump and his administration, and we need leaders with unwavering support for our rights in local office. As Public Advocate, I will continue to stand with women and fight for reproductive freedom for all,” said Public Advocate candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito.