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Democrat Erin Marshall (KY-01) launches billboard campaign

Hits James Comer for opposing abortion access for rape victims

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Via press release

Today, first-time Democratic congressional candidate Erin Marshall (KY-01) announced the launch of her campaign billboard in Paducah that hits Rep. James Comer for opposing abortion access for rape victims in Kentucky.

The billboard includes recent information from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) of the number of rape-related pregnancies in the 14 states with total abortion bans. In Kentucky, so far 2,965 rape victims have gotten pregnant.

Located about one mile from Comer’s official congressional office, the billboard is another stark reminder of the extremist positions that Comer and his party maintain in denying the most basic rights and freedom for Kentucky women. Comer is a staunch supporter of the state’s anti-abortion law that includes no exceptions for rape or incest and has a long record of pushing to make abortion illegal, with no exceptions, in the United States.

The billboard, adjacent to 2425 Wayne Sullivan Drive in Paducah, will remain up for one month and is the first of a series of billboards that will be going up across the District reminding voters of Comer’s extreme stance on abortion.

JAMA Published Study

  • January 2024: A Study Published By JAMA Internal Medicine Estimated That 2,965 Women In Kentucky Had Become Pregnant Due To Rape Since Kentucky’s Abortion Ban, Which Did Not Include Exceptions For Rape Or Incest. The Courier Journal reported, “Researchers estimate nearly 65,000 women, including roughly 3,000 in Kentucky, have become pregnant as a result of rape in U.S. states where abortion bans have been implemented, according to a new study published by JAMA Internal Medicine on Wednesday. Kentucky became one of 14 states that enacted total abortion bans after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022.” [Courier Journal, 1/29/24]

James Comer’s record on abortion

  • Comer Believes That Abortion SHOULD NOT “Be Legal When The Pregnancy Resulted From Incest Or Rape.” In 2010, Comer filled out Project Vote Smart’s “Kentucky State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage Test.”  He answered “No” to the question, “Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?” [Project Vote Smart, accessed 3/19/24]
  • Comer Co-Sponsored The “Life At Conception Act,” Four Times Since Taking Office.  The Life At Conception Act “Declares That The Right To Life Guaranteed By The Constitution Is Vested In Each Human Being At All Stages Of Life, Including The Moment Of Fertilization.” [, H.R. 431, introduced 1/20/23];, H.R. 1101, introduced 2/11/21;, H.R. 616, introduced 1/16/19;, H.R. 681, introduced 1/24/17]
  • Cedar Rapids Gazette: The Life At Conception Act “Aims To Block Abortions At All Stages.” The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported that the Life At Conception Act, aims to block abortions at all stages by legally recognizing all stages of human development as persons.” [Cedar Rapids Gazette, 7/11/22]


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