Georgia Senate: Ossoff, Warnock win NARAL endorsements

In his new role as a U.S. Senate candidate, the Rev. Raphael Warnock will have to steer clear of overt politicking from the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he is the senior pastor. Otherwise, it could threaten the church’s tax-exempt status. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
In his new role as a U.S. Senate candidate, the Rev. Raphael Warnock will have to steer clear of overt politicking from the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he is the senior pastor. Otherwise, it could threaten the church’s tax-exempt status. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won the endorsement Thursday of NARAL Pro-Choice, the influential abortion rights group, in their bids to unseat Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

The advocacy group said the two Democrats will help fight new abortion restrictions in the U.S. Senate and vote to confirm Supreme Court justices who are committed to upholding the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

Ilyse Hogue, the group’s president, called Loeffler and Perdue “rubber stamps” for President Donald Trump’s push to appoint conservative judges who back new abortion limits.

In his bid for re-election, Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue, left, faces Democrat Jon Ossoff.
In his bid for re-election, Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue, left, faces Democrat Jon Ossoff.

“Their days betraying the values of Georgians are numbered,” said Hogue. “The message we’re sending to these senators is clear:When you come for our rights, we come for your seats.”

Loeffler and her top Republican rival, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, have competed over who more staunchly opposes abortion rights. Perdue, too, has a carved out a record opposing abortion in the Senate – and registered a 0% score from NARAL.

Like other top Georgia Democrats, Ossoff and Warnock have promised to oppose anti-abortion restrictions and push for more funding to lower Georgia’s maternal mortality rate.

Ossoff, who owns an investigative journalism firm, won the Democratic nomination in June to face Perdue.

Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, is trying to cement himself as the leading Democrat among 20 candidates challenging Loeffler in a November special election.

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