Planned Parenthood Texas Votes Announces 2018 State Endorsements

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV) is proud to announce candidate endorsements for the 2018 election cycle. The PPTV board of directors assesses candidate positions on a variety of reproductive health issues including access to birth control, evidence-based sex education, and safe, legal abortion. Endorsement decisions are based on a combination of voting records for incumbents, responses to candidate questionnaires, and publicly stated positions.

“The actions by the Trump-Pence administration and extreme politicians in the Texas Legislature have fueled an unstoppable grassroots movement determined to fight back. 2017 was about resistance. 2018 is about accountability, and taking power,” said Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes. “When it comes to support for women’s health, there is no room for negotiating. Whether it’s in the primary election or the general election, we will let the 820,000 Planned Parenthood supporters in Texas know which candidates will stand with them, no matter what.”

In 2017, reproductive rights were under attack at the federal and state levels. During the Texas legislative sessions, lawmakers filed nearly 40 anti-abortion regulations — several of which passed under Senate Bill 8, which includes a ban on certain abortion procedures that has been blocked in federal district court. The 2018-2019 state budget continues to block patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers through health programs and goes even further to ban Planned Parenthood health centers from receiving any state funding whatsoever. At the federal level, Donald Trump and Mike Pence spent the last year working to block access to affordable birth control, defund Planned Parenthood health centers, cut teen pregnancy prevention programs, and strip away women’s fundamental right to control their own bodies.  

As a result of these attacks, Planned Parenthood saw an unprecedented outpouring of organizing, activism, and support. This year more than 90,000 Texans took action to support Planned Parenthood for the first time. Texans are demanding elected officials who will stand strong in support of their health and rights. Between now and election day, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes will work around the clock to make sure that voters know what is at stake in this election and where the candidates stand.

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes Endorsed Candidates:

Challenger Endorsements:
Lupe Valdez, Governor
Mike Collier, Lieutenant Governor
Joi Chevalier, State Comptroller

State Senate Districts
Beverly Powell, SD 10
Nathan Johnson, SD 16

State House Districts
Terry Meza, HD 105
John Turner, HD 114
Julie Johnson, HD 115

Incumbent Endorsements (with primary challenges):
State Senate:
Kirk Watson, SD 14
John Whitmire, SD 15

State House:
Bobby Guerra, HD 41
Mary Gonzalez, HD 75
Eric Johnson, HD 100
Roberto Alonzo, HD 104
Victoria Neave, HD 107
Diana Arévalo, HD 116
Phil Cortez, HD 117
Tomas Uresti, HD 118
Ina Minjarez, HD 124
Jarvis Johnson, HD 139
Harold Dutton, HD 142
Mary Ann Perez, HD 144
Shawn Thierry, HD 146
Garnet Coleman, HD 147