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July 6, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Endorses Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress


For Immediate Release: July 6, 2018
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced its endorsement of Gina Ortiz Jones in Texas’s 23rd Congressional district.

“Gina Ortiz Jones has dedicated her life to serving her country, and NARAL is thrilled to endorse her campaign in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “With the Trump Administration’s nonstop attacks on the fundamental rights of women, we need leaders like Gina who will work as strong and tireless champions in Congress.”

“Let’s be clear: whether or not women have access to safe, reproductive services is on the ballot this year,” said Ortiz Jones. “With the President, the Congress, and soon the Courts aligned in doing whatever they can to take that decision-making power away from women and their families, now more than ever we need someone in Congress who will stand with Texas women. I believe it is up to a woman to decide whether and when to have children; Will Hurd doesn’t. That’s one reason that with NARAL’s help, I’ll be in Congress next year, and he won’t.”

After finishing school, Gina Ortiz Jones enlisted in the air force as an intelligence officer and was deployed to Iraq. Years after returning from active duty, she served as the Senior Advisor for Trade Enforcement and later as a Director for Investment at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. After Trump’s entrance into office, Jones returned to Texas and began her election bid for Congress. She has vowed to be a champion for equal rights for women and ensure reproductive freedom for all women within her healthcare plans.

NARAL’s political program for the 2018 general election is the organization’s largest ever midterm political program to advance candidates fighting for “our values, our future, our vote.” NARAL is investing in diverse candidates up and down the ballot in 19 states, mobilizing members and voters through mail, phones, digital ads, door to door canvassing, TV ads, and rallies that hold anti-choice candidates accountable and lift up pro-choice champions. To read more about NARAL’s endorsed candidates, click here.

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.”

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

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