WCLA PAC Endorsement Policy, 2022
WCLA PAC and ProChoice Voter make their endorsements based on the candidate ratings made by the Board of Directors of WCLA – Choice Matters. WCLA PAC’s and ProChoice Voter’s endorsements are determined case by case. To be considered for endorsement, candidates must complete and return the Organization’s questionnaire and participate in an interview if requested.
Candidates who fail to return the questionnaire are rated anti-choice and have been fully informed of that consequence before making their decision. All endorsements are made on a strictly non-partisan basis. The questionnaires, incumbents’ and opponents’ records, leadership, and helpfulness during the legislative session are all reviewed. Consistency between candidates’ actions, interviews and questionnaire responses is important. Each race is voted separately. Incumbents may be endorsed over pro-choice challengers if they have consistent voting records and have established a reputation for strong leadership and extra effort in advancing access to abortion and contraception. Non-incumbents may be endorsed if they have demonstrated leadership on the issue.
Endorsement is considered only for those who unequivocally support:
- Access to abortion and contraception for all women, unimpeded by laws, restrictions, or regulations.
- Strict confidentiality for all reproductive healthcare;
- Coverage by public and private insurance of abortion and contraception.
Judicial candidates: To be eligible for endorsement, judicial candidates must participate in an interview if requested. Candidates who do not participate in an interview if requested are rated anti-choice and have been fully informed of that consequence before making their decision. Endorsements are made but not necessarily accepted.
WCLA – Choice Matters is non-partisan and is not allied with any political party. The Organization’s sole mission is to fight for comprehensive reproductive healthcare for all women and to eliminate all inequities in accessing that care. The Organization holds all candidates to the same standards, and does not give any individual special treatment. WCLA – Choice Matters has never and will never let its judgement and political opinions be compromised on any basis.