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November 3, 2020 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Celebrates Ritchie Torres’ Historic Victory in New York’s 15th Congressional District


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

Defeat of anti-choice, anti-freedom Republican candidate Patrick Delices is a win for New Yorkers and reproductive freedom 

New York Today, voters in New York’s 15th Congressional District elected NARAL-endorsed candidate Ritchie Torres to the U.S. House of Representatives. Torres will be the first openly LGBTQ+ Afro-Latino member of Congress. His victory over anti-choice, anti-freedom Republican candidate Patrick Delices marks a huge win for reproductive freedom.

In response to Torres’ victory, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement: 

“NARAL Pro-Choice America congratulates Ritchie Torres for his decisive win to represent New York’s 15th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s clear that voters in the Bronx understood that the stakes are higher than ever and refuse to allow politicians like Patrick Delices to trample on their fundamental rights. We are proud to have played a role in this race, and look forward to fighting alongside Ritchie Torres to protect and advance reproductive freedom.” 

Ritchie Torres is the first openly gay elected official from the Bronx and the youngest member ever elected to New York’s City Council. NARAL endorsed Torres in a competitive primary where he successfully defeated anti-choice Ruben Diaz, Sr. New York’s 15th Congressional District is also home to some of the communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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. 

Read more about NARAL’s endorsed candidates here.

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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. 

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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