For Immediate Release: July 15, 2020
Air Force veteran will face off against anti-choice incumbent Senator John Cornyn in November
Yesterday, NARAL-endorsed candidate MJ Hegar won Texas’ Democratic runoff for the U.S. Senate and will now face off against anti-choice, anti-freedom incumbent Republican Senator John Cornyn in the November general election.
In response, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement:
“We’re thrilled to congratulate MJ Hegar on her runoff victory. She’s a champion for reproductive freedom and we know that she’ll work tirelessly to fight for the values of women and families in my home state of Texas.
For too long, John Cornyn has failed Texans, serving as a rubber stamp for Donald Trump’s extreme anti-choice agenda. He voted to put anti-choice Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court and continues to demonstrate just how out-of-touch he is with the majority of Americans who believe decisions about pregnancy belong to women, not politicians.
Now, more than ever, we need to elect leaders who are committed to ensuring that reproductive freedom is for every body. NARAL and our members are all in to send another champion for reproductive freedom to the Senate.”
Texans support reproductive freedom, yet 43% of Texas women live in a county without an abortion clinic. Senator Cornyn earned a 0% score from NARAL in the 2019 Congressional Record on Choice. As Senator, he has voted to ban abortion and to defund Planned Parenthood by disqualifying the organization from participating in federal healthcare programs. Cornyn has also voted to confirm dozens of anti-choice judges and supports allowing states to place extreme restrictions on reproductive freedom.
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 2.5 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.”