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National women's rights group backs Patrick Murphy in Florida's U.S. Senate race



U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has picked up another significant national endorsement in his bid for Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate seat.

NARAL Pro-Choice America announced this morning that they are backing the Jupiter Democrat over his primary opponent, fellow U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando.

The endorsement is a big get for Murphy's campaign, because one of Grayson's major platforms is women's rights issues.

"Patrick Murphy has consistently fought to defend and expand Americans’ reproductive freedom and we are proud to stand with him in his race for U.S. Senate," Sasha Bruce, a senior vice president with NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in a statement provided by Murphy's campaign.

Bruce called Murphy a "champion" and said he was "fearless in going up against the anti-choice majority in Congress and pushing back against the Republican-led smear campaign targeting Planned Parenthood and other health care providers."

Murphy said he'll be the fighter that he says Florida women need in the U.S. Senate.
"While my GOP opponents stand with Marco Rubio’s extreme opposition to ban all abortions with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, I will never back down when it comes to protecting women's healthcare and the right to choose," Murphy said.

Grayson and Murphy are duking it out ahead of the August Democratic primary.

The endorsement from the national women's rights group comes a week after Politico Florida reported that Grayson, as a lawyer, represented a company in the mid-1990s that was accused of discriminating against a pregnant worker.

Five candidates are running in the Republican primary: U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach, U.S. Rep. David Jolly of Indian Shores, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera of Miami, Orlando businessman Todd Wilcox and Bradenton home-builder Carlos Beruff.

Photo credit: Walter Michot / Miami Herald