Pro-choice women's group endorses Rawlings-Blake
Emily's List, a group that encourages the political careers of pro-choice female Democrats, endorsed today Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's campaign to retain her office.
"As mayor, Stephanie has worked to build economic development, create jobs, and provide opportunities for her constituents," Jonathan Parker, Political Director of EMILY’s List, said in a statement. "A groundbreaking mayor, Stephanie is the only African-American female mayor out of the nation’s 100 largest cities."
"Baltimore is home to some amazing women who wake up every morning ready to do everything in their power to create a better life for their families," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. " These women can count on me to make the same type of tough decisions as mayor so that our families can have better schools, safer streets and stronger neighborhoods.”
Emily's List cited in the statement a contentious 2009 Rawlings-Blake initiative that required crisis pregnancy centers that do not perform abortions to post signs saying that they did not offer those services. A federal judge struck down that law in January, saying that it violated the centers' First Amendment rights. The city filed an appeal of the ruling about a month ago.
Backers of the law said that the centers had provided deceptive information; the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which filed suit against the city, said that being forced to post signs infringed on the centers' right to free speech.
Rawlings-Blake has previously been endorsed by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Del. Keiffer Mitchell and the local health care workers union of the SEIU.