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Sylvia Garcia on Abortion

 

 


A woman's choice should not be decided by politicians

NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced its endorsement of Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) in their races for Congress. "I am proud to receive the endorsement of NARAL, a leading advocacy organization fighting to protect women's reproductive rights," Garcia said. "A woman's choice should be between her and her doctor, not a choice made by politicians. I have fought at the Texas Capitol for the reproductive healthcare needs of Texans, and will continue the fight in Washington."
Source: NARAL Pro-Choice Congress endorsements: 2018 TX-29 election , Feb 28, 2018

Women capable of making own decision with doctor's advice

When I spoke with her earlier this year, Garcia told me that while her Roman Catholic faith shapes and focuses her politics, religious belief "can't be something we impose on others." "While not everyone agrees when a fetus becomes a person," Garcia explained, "we can all agree that a woman who is pregnant is a person. I believe that each woman is capable of making her own decision with her doctor's advice, her family's support and the faith in her heart."
Source: Texas Observer on 2018 Congress TX-29 election , Nov 1, 2016

Opposes restrictions of judicial bypass for minor's abortion

House Bill 3994 amends the statutory provisions governing judicial bypass, the process by which a judge may grant a pregnant minor who wishes to have an abortion an exemption from requirements that a parent be notified and consent to the procedure.

The bill's language says that, "A physician shall presume that a pregnant woman is a minor unless the woman presents a valid government record of identification showing that she has reached the age of maturity," essentially creating the same ID requirements that Texas's controversial voter ID law holds for those seeking abortions. That's a significant issue for undocumented Texans seeking abortions.

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 21-10-0 on May/26/15; Sen. Garcia voted NO; passed House 102-43-2 on May/29/15; signed by Governor Greg Abbott Jun/19/15.

Source: Texas Monthly on Texas legislative voting records: HB3994 , May 26, 2015

Against abortion, but respects a woman's right to one

State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, said she does not support abortion, but respects the rights of other women to make their own decisions. Garcia has been on a bus tour this month across the state with other Democrats, including state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, to rally against the restrictions. "We all have to follow our own conscience and we have to respect the rights of others to do that," Garcia said. "To me, that's what being Catholic is about; we don't judge, it's up to God to judge."
Source: San Antonio Express-News on 2018 Congress TX-29 election , Jul 19, 2013

Pro-choice, according to PVS survey.

Garcia supports the PVS survey question on abortion rights

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 18PVS-1 on Aug 1, 2018

2021-22 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Abortion: Sylvia Garcia on other issues:
TX Gubernatorial:
Allen West
Andrew White
Annise Parker
Beto O`Rourke
Chad Prather
David Dewhurst
Deidre Gilbert
Don Huffines
George P. Bush
Greg Abbott
Julian Castro
Kathie Glass
Lupe Valdez
Mike Rawlings
TX Senatorial:
Beto O`Rourke
Chris Bell
Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez
John Cornyn
MJ Hegar
Royce West
Sema Hernandez
Ted Cruz
Republican Freshman class of 2021:
AL-1: Jerry Carl(R)
AL-2: Barry Moore(R)
CA-8: Jay Obernolte(R)
CA-50: Darrell Issa(R)
CO-3: Lauren Boebert(R)
FL-3: Kat Cammack(R)
FL-15: Scott Franklin(R)
FL-19: Byron Donalds(R)
GA-9: Andrew Clyde(R)
GA-14: Marjorie Taylor Greene(R)
IA-2: Mariannette Miller-Meeks(R)
IA-4: Randy Feenstra(R)
IL-15: Mary Miller(R)
IN-5: Victoria Spartz(R)
KS-1: Tracey Mann(R)
KS-2: Jake LaTurner(R)
LA-5: Luke Letlow(R)
MI-3: Peter Meijer(R)
MI-10: Lisa McClain(R)
MT-0: Matt Rosendale(R)
NC-11: Madison Cawthorn(R)
NM-3: Teresa Leger Fernandez(D)
NY-2: Andrew Garbarino(R)
NY-22: Claudia Tenney(R)
OR-2: Cliff Bentz(R)
PR-0: Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon(R)
TN-1: Diana Harshbarger(R)
TX-4: Pat Fallon(R)
TX-11: August Pfluger(R)
TX-13: Ronny Jackson(R)
TX-17: Pete Sessions(R)
TX-22: Troy Nehls(R)
TX-23: Tony Gonzales(R)
TX-24: Beth Van Duyne(R)
UT-1: Blake Moore(R)
VA-5: Bob Good(R)
WI-5: Scott Fitzgerald(R)
Incoming Democratic Freshman class of 2021:
CA-53: Sara Jacobs(D)
GA-5: Nikema Williams(D)
GA-7: Carolyn Bourdeaux(D)
HI-2: Kai Kahele(D)
IL-3: Marie Newman(D)
IN-1: Frank Mrvan(D)
MA-4: Jake Auchincloss(D)
MO-1: Cori Bush(D)
NC-2: Deborah Ross(D)
NC-6: Kathy Manning(D)
NY-15: Ritchie Torres(D)
NY-16: Jamaal Bowman(D)
NY-17: Mondaire Jones(D)
WA-10: Marilyn Strickland(D)

Republican takeovers as of 2021:
CA-21: David Valadao(R) defeated T.J. Cox(D)
CA-39: Young Kim(R) defeated Gil Cisneros(D)
CA-48: Michelle Steel(R) defeated Harley Rouda(D)
FL-26: Carlos Gimenez(R) defeated Debbie Mucarsel-Powell(D)
FL-27: Maria Elvira Salazar(R) defeated Donna Shalala(D)
IA-1: Ashley Hinson(R) defeated Abby Finkenauer(D)
MN-7: Michelle Fischbach(R) defeated Collin Peterson(D)
NM-2: Yvette Herrell(R) defeated Xochitl Small(D)
NY-11: Nicole Malliotakis(R) defeated Max Rose(D)
OK-5: Stephanie Bice(R) defeated Kendra Horn(D)
SC-1: Nancy Mace(R) defeated Joe Cunningham(D)
UT-4: Burgess Owens(R) defeated Ben McAdams(D)

Special Elections 2021-2022:
CA-22: replacing Devin Nunes (R, SPEL summer 2022)
FL-20: replacing Alcee Hastings (D, SPEL Jan. 2022)
LA-2: Troy Carter (R, April 2021)
LA-5: Julia Letlow (R, March 2021)
NM-1: Melanie Stansbury (D, June 2021)
OH-11: Shontel Brown (D, Nov. 2021)
OH-15: Mike Carey (R, Nov. 2021)
TX-6: Jake Ellzey (R, July 2021)
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