For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 03, 2020
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Texas — Today, NARAL-endorsed candidate Sima Ladjevardian lost her bid for election to the U.S. House of Representatives in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement in response:
“Though we’re disappointed in today’s results, NARAL Pro-Choice America is proud to have backed Sima Ladjevardian in her bid to defeat Republican incumbent Rep. Dan Crenshaw. Over the course of this race, Ladjevardian recognized exactly what was at stake for women and families when it comes to reproductive freedom, and she vocally championed our fundamental rights. Make no mistake: Though this race may be over, NARAL will never stop fighting to defeat anti-choice, anti-freedom politicians like Rep. Crenshaw. We will be watching Rep. Crenshaw, and will continue to hold him accountable for his out-of-touch agenda.”
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.
Anti-choice Republican incumbent Rep. Dan Crenshaw is wildly out of step with the 7 in 10 Americans who support reproductive freedom. Crenshaw earned a 0% score from NARAL in the 2019 Congressional Record on Choice.
Texas has some of the most severe restrictions on abortion in the United States, including forcing delays before a woman can receive abortion care and subjecting women 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.
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.