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Our mission is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children and choosing legal abortion.
To accomplish our mission, we have the NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Political Action Committee (PAC); NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Foundation, a section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization; and NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Affiliate, a section 501(c)(4) tax exempt organization.
Each of these entities has its own board and strategic plan. Although separate, they work together to promote and safeguard women's reproductive health in the state of Missouri.
NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Affiliate
Founded in 1969, the affiliate is the head of the organization. It oversees the PAC and the Foundation and is responsible for managing the office and staff. NPCM engages in educational, lobbying and political activities around a broad range of reproductive health issues. Each election year, NPCM endorses, through the recommendation of its PAC, fully pro-choice candidates and publishes and widely distributes a voterís guide. The affiliate also provides expert legislative analysis, testimony and organizing and bill support services.
NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Foundation
Formed in 1997, the Foundation is a nonprofit social welfare organization devoted to educational activities. The Foundation conducts public education, trainings and outreach programs aimed at empowering people to become active in the political process. The Foundation also educates candidates on reproductive health issues. The Foundation operates the Clinic Escort Program. In 2005, the NPCM Foundation released the groundbreaking Pharmacy Access Project, which found a lack of access to emergency contraception in Missouri pharmacies. In response to this report, the Foundation has embarked on a massive statewide organizing project to educate women and pharmacists about the availability and health benefits of emergency contraception. The Foundation can testify as to its research findings upon legislative request.
NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri PAC
NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri PAC was formed in 1988 to help elect pro-choice candidates to office.
Now more than ever, we need pro-choice champions at all levels of government who will stand up and fight for the values that Missourians hold dear. Amidst unprecedented attacks in the Missouri legislature to access basic reproductive healthcare, we need leaders who will not only oppose the torrent of anti-choice restrictions that cut off access to care, but to advance and expand access for all Missourians.
Thatís why NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri PAC endorses pro-choice champions and challengers in state and local races. Roe v. Wade is very much at stake. And given the constant attacks weíve seen in Jefferson City over the past 40 years, we cannot afford to give one inch in the coming battles. We must harness the power of the 7 in 10 Americans who support a womanís right to choose and translate that consensus into victories at the ballot box.
NARAL PAC will continue to be relentless in defeating the anti-choice agenda and the politicians who push it. Our aggressive political plan is designed to build power by layering our work at all levels of government, to maximize our impact.
PAC Endorsement Process
NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri PAC
& NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC
The process is different for candidates seeking endorsement from the national organization, NARAL Pro-Choice America, versus our state affiliate, as we each have separate PACs. NARAL Pro-Choice America has a federal PAC and we have only a state PAC and each organization has its own guidelines. Both, however, require the completion and return of a candidate questionnaire for endorsement of any candidate.
If you are a State Candidate looking for the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, contact us Alison Dreith, Executive Director 314-531-8616 (office) email@example.com.