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03/25/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/26/2020 06:02

TX-22’s Kathaleen Wall: Coronavirus Will Save Lives by Stopping Abortions

GOP congressional candidate and megadonor in key suburban battleground earns national outrage for her horrifying comments amid a pandemic

On Tuesday, Texas Republican congressional candidate and GOP megadonor Kathaleen Wall decided to log on to the internet and actually write the following post on Facebook, responding to Texas' decision to ban women from accessing reproductive health care during the coronavirus outbreak:

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Unsurprisingly, Wall's nightmarish comments lit up the internet and are rendering her a national embarrassment. A reminder: this is happening in Texas' 22nd Congressional District, a suburban battleground district that leading elections experts rate as a 'toss-up' due to its increasing diversity, suburban profile and highly-educated electorate.

'While Texans are pulling together and staying at home, extremists like Kathaleen Wall are dividing Texans and stoking outrage,' DCCC spokesman Avery Jaffe said. 'Wall's offensive comments are a reminder why districts like TX-22 are moving away from Republicans across Texas and the rest of the country.'

Only today's Republican Party would applaud restricting access to health care during a global pandemic.

Here's what they're saying:

Mother Jones: This #ProLife Texas Republican Wins With the Worst Coronavirus Take (At Least So Far This Week)

  • 'Wall will compete in a run-off in July for the Republican nomination against Troy Nehls; if she wins, she will face Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni, who narrowly lost a campaign against Olson in the 2018 midterms. As my colleague Tim Murphy reported then, the district is in one of the most racially diverse counties in the country and is by no means a Republican lock. Now that Olson is retiring, Cook Political Report classifies the race as a toss-up.'
  • 'Wall is a major donor to Texas Right to Life, a powerful anti-abortion group in a state that tends to be on the front lines of the abortion wars, and her campaign website describes her as '100% pro-life' and vows she 'will never give up on protecting innocent human life.''

Raw Story: Texas Republican says coronavirus is saving more lives than it's killing because it shut down abortion clinics

  • 'The 22nd Congressional District, in the southern suburbs of Houston, is being vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Pete Olson, who only narrowly won re-election in 2018 after a tough race. The district is one of many in Texas that has trended left as the suburbs have grown and diversified, and college-educated voters have turned away from the Republican Party. The Democratic candidate from 2018, former diplomat Sri Kulkarni, is running again.'

Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle: '#TX22 GOP primary runoff candidate @WallforTX on @GovAbbott's order halting most abortions during the #coronavirus crisis: '#COVID19 will save more lives this week than it takes!''

Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle: '#TX22 Dem nominee @SriPKulkarni calls Wall's post 'horrifying' and 'not only insulting to women facing time-sensitive personal reproductive decisions, but also disrespectful to every Texan currently suffering from coronavirus.'

Christopher Hooks:'Kathaleen Wall, in an R runoff to replace congressman Pete Olson, has a very exciting take today…'

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