May 4, 2018 at 11:40 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland endorses Madaleno

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland PAC on May 4, 2018, endorsed Maryland state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) for governor. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland PAC on Friday announced it has endorsed state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) for governor.

Madaleno in a press release from his campaign notes the group endorsed him because of his “continued fight for issues like reproductive rights and access to women’s health care and women’s rights.” These include co-sponsoring bills that sought to ensure insurance companies in Maryland cover prescription contraception.

“As Democratic candidates, we all stand in support of Maryland NARAL’s agenda – but experience matters, and that’s what differentiated me from the rest of the pack: I have a record of proven results when it comes to reproductive rights and women’s health, and I have never been afraid to be at the forefront of the battle to protect what Maryland has achieved,” said Madaleno. “This is especially true when the Trump administration wants to undermine our state’s progress.”

Madaleno is among the Democratic gubernatorial candidates who are running to succeed Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

The Democratic primary will take place on June 26.

A poll that Goucher College released last month notes Madaleno would lose to Hogan by a 27-45 percent margin if he were to win the primary. More than a quarter of respondents were undecided in the hypothetical race, but Madaleno conceded during an interview with the Washington Blade editorial staff on April 19 that he faces an uphill battle to become Maryland’s first openly gay governor.

“In these uncertain times, Maryland needs a governor who is willing to get his hands dirty and actually do the work required to keep our state safe,” said Madaleno in the press release that announced the Maryland NARAL endorsement. “The basic human right of having access to quality health care, and to have the freedom to decide about one’s own body, applies to all Marylanders, no matter whom they are. I have a track record of protecting those rights during my years in the legislature, and that is what I will keep doing as governor.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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