August 2, 2022
(Issaquah, WA) – Today, local Washington voters and activists held a press conference and protest outside of Tiffany Smiley’s election night watch party, denouncing Smiley for her extreme anti-abortion positions as polls close, and voters turn their attention to an incredibly high-stakes November election, where the right to abortion will be on the ballot.
Speaking during the protest were Shasti Conrad, King County Democrats Chair; Ashley Fedan, a local nurse and pro-choice activist; and Jen Carter, Commissioner, King County Public Hospital District #4. A complete video of the remarks delivered during the protest can be viewed here.
“Washington state voters want to protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Tiffany Smiley praised the Supreme Court decision taking that right away and she’d help flip the Senate to Mitch McConnell and MAGA Republicans who want to make abortion a crime nationwide,” said Washington State Democratic Party spokesperson Caitlin Harrington. “Tiffany Smiley can’t be trusted to stand up for Washington state women or their rights, and that’s why voters won’t stand for her.”
Following the Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court decision which overturned Roe v. Wade and eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion, Smiley released a statement praising the Supreme Court’s decision, declaring in a press release that the decision “gives the PEOPLE the final word, not unelected judges.”
Notably, Smiley has previously endorsed a Texas-style abortion ban. Smiley has publicly stated she would support making Mitch McConnell Senate Majority leader, who has made clear he would bring a national abortion ban to the Senate floor.