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The following is an open letter from 160 reproductive health, rights, and justice movement leaders, including state legislators. Dear State Legislator, We, the undersigned organizations, state legislators, and leaders…
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“As Black women we aren’t taken seriously with our health needs, especially when it comes to babies. They lump us all together because they feel like our anatomies are the same, but there are life issues that are different. We come from different backgrounds, and when you come from different backgrounds that should be taken into consideration in your health care.”Black women are their own heroes in the fight against disproportionate maternal health risks
“It’s time to bridge maternal health care and racial justice to save more Black lives. ”As a State Lawmaker and Black Woman, I’m Committed to Treating Maternal Justice as Racial Justice
“We’re seen by law enforcement, we’re seen by other elected officials, as vulnerable. But we’re also seen as people who carry respect and support from our communities. When they arrest us, it’s to send a message to our communities that we can come for the very people that you put in offices to speak for you and to be your voice.”Law enforcement officers keep arresting Black women elected officials
“There’s no way to ban abortion, in this country or anywhere else, without turning women into suspected criminals at every turn of their reproductive choices and outcomes.”El Salvador's extreme abortion ban imprisons innocent women who suffer miscarriages
“We can’t talk about democracy without talking about voter suppression, without talking about gerrymandering, without talking about how it impacts reproductive health and health care.”Democracy is More Than the Vote. It's Also Our Health and Reproductive Rights.
“We have to be that change, and we have to take it to the people who are impacted by this, and inspire them, mobilize them, and energize them, and help them to understand that it’s all about serving and doing what you can where you are.”How Black Women Legislators are Fighting Abortion Bans and Trumpism is State Legislatures
“The parallels between the January 6 and anti-abortion protests are stark. Both groups are fueled by lies and misinformation and use tactics rooted in patriarchal and white supremacist ideas about who is and is not worthy of having their voices heard or needs met. Both groups aimed to harm and traumatize the people with whom they disagreed through violent rhetoric and actions. Were the two groups a Venn Diagram, it would likely look like a circle.””Feminists React: 48 Years After Roe v. Wade, What’s Next?
“We must remain focused and remember that there are few issues more fundamental to our rights and more entwined with our economy and community than reproductive freedom.”Why I will fight for reproductive freedom in the 2021 General Assembly
“As we prepare for the frightening possibility of a far right-leaning United States Supreme Court, the Reproductive Freedom Act reinforces that the New Jersey Constitution protects the right to abortion and reproductive autonomy.”We must protect reproductive freedom in New Jersey
““My hope is that our courage to talk about [forced parental consent] inspires those of a more senior generation to understand that our values are the same, and it’s okay to be out loud about it.””Many Abortion Clinics May Not Survive COVID-19 Unless Progressives Take Bolder Action
“I urge my colleagues to remember the diversity of reproductive needs Tennessee women face and that we come together to find ways to offer more health care and support to women and families not less.”Tennessee's Women Need Full Range of Reproductive Options Even During COVID-19
“Research shows that states with the most abortion restrictions have fewer supportive policies in place for women and families.”No One Has the Right to Tell You What to Do With Your Body — Including the State of Louisiana
“Ninety-five percent of counties in Georgia lack an abortion provider, compared with 90 percent of all US counties, all while the state requires mandatory waiting periods and counseling, restricts insurance coverage of abortion care, and also restricts abortion throughout pregnancy.”One Year After Georgia’s Abortion Ban, the Supreme Court Tackles Crisis of Access
“Democracy and reproductive freedom go hand in hand. At their most fundamental levels, both concepts involve the autonomy and freedom to determine one’s destiny through exercising choice.”Six for SiX Spotlight: State Representative Fentrice Driskell (FL)