Challenger in Texas’ 21st Congressional District Earns Endorsement from Nation’s Leading Pro-Choice Advocacy Group to Unseat Anti-Choice Republican Rep. Chip Roy
For Immediate Release: Monday, October 28, 2019
NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced its endorsement of former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis in her campaign to represent Texas’ 21st Congressional District and unseat anti-choice Republican Representative Chip Roy. In 2013 Davis carried out an historic fillibuster against Texas’ abortion ban and is a longtime fighter for reproductive freedom.
“Donald Trump and anti-choice politicians are waging an all-out assault on reproductive freedom in my home state of Texas and across the country. That’s why we need proven leaders like Wendy who won’t back down from this fight,” said Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “While Chip Roy wants nothing more than to insert himself into women’s personal decisions, Wendy has proven that she will always have Texas women and families’ backs. That is the kind of leadership Texans need and NARAL is proud to support Wendy and send a champion for reproductive freedom to Congress.”
“Texas has become the testing ground for the nation’s most dangerous anti-abortion laws. Much of the extremism we are experiencing under the Trump administration at a federal level, we have already experienced in Texas,” said Aimee Arrambide, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. “When anti-abortion extremists dismantled the state’s family planning program, Wendy Davis was there fighting back along the way. When extremists in Texas were trying to pass a sham law that would have closed the majority of abortion clinics in the state, Wendy courageously filibustered for hours to make sure Texans’ voices were heard. We need a fighter in Congress who knows what’s at stake and we look forward to having Wendy’s leadership in Congress.”
“Reproductive rights are under assault in Texas and across the country. That’s why women need a voice in Congress who will stand up to the extreme measures being pushed in Washington, states and cities,” said Wendy Davis, candidate for Texas’ 21st Congressional District. “I am honored to stand with NARAL as we work together to make access to basic reproductive healthcare available for all.”
Wendy Davis is a former Texas State Senator and longtime advocate for reproductive rights, making national headlines in 2013 for her 13-hour fillibuster against a Texas abortion ban. In 2014 she was also the Democratic nominee for governor in Texas. Her opponent, Chip Roy, is an extreme anti-choice politician who worked for Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked 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. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom. 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.”