NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced its endorsement of Congressman Beto O’Rourke in his campaign for the United States Senate in Texas. O’Rourke is challenging incumbent Senator Ted Cruz, one of the most vociferously anti-reproductive rights Senators in Washington. Cruz has consistently received a zero rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America for his extremism on opposing women’s health care, including access to contraception and abortion care.
“Beto O’Rourke has fought tirelessly for women’s reproductive rights in Congress and he will do the same in the Senate,” said Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “NARAL Pro-Choice America is proud to endorse him and to support his campaign. And as a native Texan, I know that Texas women deserve better than Ted Cruz, who attacks our health care and wants to take the state and the country backwards on reproductive rights. Texans deserve a Senator like Beto O’Rourke who will advocate for women and their right to access the health care they need and deserve.”
“As we have made it harder for women in Texas to see a medical provider, obtain family planning help and receive reproductive healthcare, we are letting down the women, the families, the people of this great state,” said O’Rourke. “When we stand up for women, when we ensure that they can make their own decisions about their own bodies, when we have a senator who believes in a universal standard of healthcare, the women in Texas are going to do better, our families are going to do better and our state is going to do better.”
Beto O’Rourke has been a pro-choice fighter and has made it his mission to improve women’s access to affordable and quality healthcare by ensuring that a woman’s right to choose is not compromised by limited access to safe and legal abortion services. During his time in Congress, O’Rourke has been a consistent and passionate advocate for reproductive healthcare. He co-sponsored the Protect Birth Control Act and was a vocal supporter of the EACH Woman Act that would provide equal access for abortion coverage. Under his leadership, he will continue the fight for reproductive freedom for Texas women.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”