For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
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Texas — Last week, eight NARAL-endorsed candidates in Texas lost their bids for election to the U.S. House of Representatives: Sima Ladjevardian (TX-02), Lulu Seikaly (TX-03), Stephen Daniel (TX-06), Mike Siegel (TX-10), Wendy Davis (TX-21), Sri Preston Kulkarni (TX-22), Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23), and Candace Valenzuela (TX-24). All eight candidates were seeking to flip seats currently held by anti-choice Republican incumbents.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement in response:
“While we had hoped to see a different outcome in these races, NARAL Pro-Choice America and our members will never stop fighting for the 77% of Americans who believe in the legal right to abortion. There’s no question that the Republican incumbents and candidates elected to these seats are wildly out-of-touch with the vast majority of Americans who support reproductive freedom. NARAL and our nearly 128,000 members across my home state of Texas are proud to have stood with these eight candidates as they gave their opponents a run for their money, and commend them on their hard-fought campaigns.”
In the 2020 election cycle, NARAL Pro-Choice America ran its largest-ever electoral program designed to reach, persuade, and mobilize key voters in target states across the country who are motivated by Trump and Republicans’ unyielding attacks on reproductive freedom.
Texas has some of the most severe restrictions on abortion in the United States, including forcing delays before a person can receive abortion care and subjecting patients to mandatory biased counseling. These restrictions disproportionately harm BIPOC, low-income, and rural communities, and are part of a coordinated effort by the Radical Right to maintain white patriarchal control at all costs.
NARAL also endorsed U.S. Representatives Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (TX-07), Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), and Colin Allred (TX-32), all four of whom won their bids for reelection.
Read more about NARAL’s endorsed candidates here.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters have fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom—including access to abortion, contraception, and paid family leave—for every body. NARAL is powered by its more than 2.5 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 7 in 10 Americans who believe every person should have the freedom to make the best decision for themselves about if, when, and how to raise a family.