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Rubén Díaz Sr. Latest Anti-Abortion Politician to Lose Congressional Bid

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 22, 2020
CONTACT: Planned Parenthood Votes Media Office; 212-261-4433; [email protected]
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Planned Parenthood Votes highlighted Diaz Sr.’s record of opposing abortion and equality in paid ads launched leading up to primary Election Day 

Washington, DC  In a resounding victory for health care and reproductive rights, Rubén Díaz Sr. — a staunch opponent of abortion and LGBTQ+ rights — has officially lost his bid to represent New York's 15th congressional district, the most progressive district in the country.

Last month, Planned Parenthood Votes ran digital ads highlighting Díaz Sr.’s attacks on abortion rights and LGBTQ+ New Yorkers. He refused to resign his City Council seat after stating the Council was “controlled by the homosexual community.” He compared abortion to the Holocaust. Díaz Sr. even considers himself in the mold of President Trump, once saying “I do like Donald Trump. He’s like me, making enemies everywhere he goes.”

Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes:

“New York primary voters delivered a resounding message: When politicians come for our reproductive rights, we’ll leave them behind at the ballot box. Rubén Díaz Sr.'s record of opposing abortion and LGBTQ+ rights is way out of step with the voters of New York's 15th congressional district. Residents of the Bronx deserve representation from leaders who will champion their health care and rights, especially as the country confronts the dual public health crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism. Now, more than ever, we need candidates with bold plans to protect and expand health care access for all. It's why Planned Parenthood Votes worked to ensure New Yorkers knew the truth about Díaz Sr.’s bigoted record — and it's why we're hitting the ground running to support reproductive rights champions this November."

Díaz Sr. is the latest politician to lose his election after running on a platform of opposing reproductive health care, including abortion. In March, Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-03) lost his primary to Marie Newman after Planned Parenthood Votes and other progressive organizations invested $1.4 million to tell voters about Lipinski's record of attempting to restrict access to abortion, voting to "defund" Planned Parenthood, and voting against making the ACA law of the land. In 2019, reproductive rights champions saw sweeping wins when voters booted Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY), who championed one of the most extreme abortion bans in the country, from the governor’s mansion in Kentucky, and flipped both legislative chambers in Virginia, creating new reproductive rights majorities. This year, those new majorities in the Virginia General Assembly passed the Reproductive Health Protection Act, which repealed nearly a decade of abortion restrictions that had made it harder for Virginians to access reproductive health care.

Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations are making a historic investment of at least $45 million in key battleground states during the 2020 cycle. Reproductive health is a top issue for voters in the 2020 election — and has been a winning issue for candidates.


Planned Parenthood Votes is an independent expenditure political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission.