The abortion and reproductive rights group #VOTERPROCHOICE on Monday endorsed former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in the crowded race for New York City public advocate.

The group pointed to the tilt in the balance of the Supreme Court last year following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the court.

“Melissa Mark-Viverito is the prochoice champion we need as Public Advocate and #VOTEPROCHOICE is thrilled to endorse her today. With Trump in the White House and Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, the repeal of Roe is closer than ever — and we need prochoice champions on the local level to protect our reproductive freedom. As Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito made reproductive freedom a top priority, from supporting legislation to protect New Yorkers from fraudulent anti-abortion pregnancy service centers to creating a new sexual education task force, to advocating for free birth control for New York City residents,” said #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi Sieck.

“As Public Advocate, Melissa Mark-Viverito will hold all city services and policies accountable as related to sexuality, health and wellbeing through the office’s oversight responsibilities and through her ability to introduce legislation. Reproductive freedom is a part of nearly every service and impacts every single New Yorker. We must have a Public Advocate who understands that and Melissa Mark-Viverito truly does.”

Mark-Viverito is one of 17 candidates who will appear on the Feb. 20 for the office vacated by Attorney General Letitia James.

“I am proud to have the support of #VOTEPROCHOICE. I have always championed reproductive rights, from supporting legislation to protect women from fraudulent anti-abortion pregnancy service centers to advocating for free birth control for New Yorkers to creating a sexual education task force,” she said.

“Our reproductive freedom is under attack by Trump and his administration, and we need leaders with unwavering support for our rights in local office. As Public Advocate, I will continue to stand with women and fight for reproductive freedom for all.”