Missouri’s Leading Reproductive Freedom Advocacy Group Backs St. Louis City Treasurer in Bid for Mayor
ST. LOUIS, MO — Today, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri PAC announced its endorsement of St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones for Mayor of St. Louis City.
NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri is the first local organization to endorse Jones for Mayor of St. Louis City. During the 2020 Election cycle, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri engaged over 5,156 St. Louis City residents via phone, text, and mail to support Jones. As an outspoken champion of reproductive freedom, Jones has earned the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri PAC during all of her previous races for Treasurer of St. Louis City, and during her 2017 run for Mayor of St. Louis.
Statement from Mallory Schwarz, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Executive Director
“Tishaura Jones has devoted her life to championing reproductive freedom. From the state legislature to the Treasurer’s office, she has fought for every St. Louisan to make the best healthcare decisions we can for ourselves and those we love, including decisions around pregnancy and parenthood. Her leadership and dedication to the people of St. Louis has advanced the city as a leader in defending access to abortion.
“As an advocate for reproductive justice , Tishaura understands that threats to our fundamental freedoms and health fall the hardest on those already struggling to get by—Black and Latinx folks, youth, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ people. She knows building back from COVID-19 requires a Mayor who will confront systemic racism and fight to ensure all of us are safe, healthy, and thriving. A leader who not only understands the hardships and inequality in her community, but reflects the values and soul of St. Louis City. Tishaura Jones is that leader.
“NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri and our 70,000 members have been honored to support Tishaura from the beginning. We look forward to seeing her make history as the first Black woman to be Mayor of St. Louis City, and work side-by-side with her to ensure reproductive freedom for everybody.”
Statement from Tishaura O. Jones, Treasurer of St. Louis City and candidate for Mayor of St. Louis City
“I’m pleased to have NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri be the first local organization to support me for Mayor of St. Louis City. Since day one, I’ve been a bold advocate for reproductive justice, and will put it at the forefront of my campaign and administration. I’m thrilled to work alongside NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, whose work is critical to the health and safety of our region, and continue the fight for reproductive freedom.”
Jones established herself as champion of reproductive freedom throughout her career in the state legislature and the Treasurer’s office. Jones has shared her own reproductive health story as a patient at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis. She has supported protections for pregnant people, ensuring no person could be legally fired, demoted, or lose their pay based upon decisions about their health.
After serving in the House of Representatives from 2008-2012, where she was the first Black and First female Assistant Minority Floor Leader, Jones went on to win her race for Treasurer of St. Louis City. Jones is the first woman to hold the office of Treasurer.
NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri PAC helps elect reproductive freedom champions into leadership at the state and local level by providing financial and in-kind campaign contributions to candidate who have been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri.
NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri is the leading grassroots pro-choice advocacy organization in Missouri, and we believe that every person who can get pregnant should be able to make personal decisions about the full range of reproductive health options. NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri works to protect the right of every person who can get pregnant to access the full range of reproductive health options, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri is the state affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America.