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The Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council is the country’s only network of state legislators who champion reproductive health, rights, and justice. With hundreds of state legislators from around the country, this network of visionary leaders is changing the game to achieve the equitable, resilient, healthy, and prosperous future we long to see - a future that includes reproductive freedom for all.

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“When I was in my 20s, I had an abortion...I had to drive myself four hours each way. It was shaming, and frankly it was dangerous to get in the car and drive back. No one should have to do that.”

After Nearly a Decade, Montana Lurches Right on Abortion

Mary Ann Dunwell

State Representative of Montana's 84th District

“This is something we can and must all do for each other. From seeking an abortion or birth control, to running for office, to fighting for our rights over our bodies, we need to find ways to support each other. ”

The future of reproductive freedom is up to us.

Kesha Ram-Hinsdale

State Senator of Vermont's 8 District

“A lot of things we do as lawyers, many lawmakers and even activists is we look for clues. The Supreme Court really gave us a terrible clue of where their interest lies right when they decided not to stop the imposition of [Senate Bill 8].”

Texas has all but banned abortion. But a Mississippi law could be what ends Roe v. Wade.

Jasmine Crockett

State Representative for Texas's 100th District

“The justices will be answering one key question in this case: Are pre-viability bans unconstitutional? The answer is yes and decades of precedent have already established that. This brief demonstrates that nearly 1,000 state legislators are fighting back to say this court must maintain 50 years of precedent.”

Nearly 900 state legislators urge Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade in major abortion case

Jennifer Driver

Senior Director, SiX Reproductive Rights

“I just know from being an educator for so long that many kids don’t have access to a family that would provide them with life-saving health information like [LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education].”

The Politics of Sex Ed Leaves A Lot Untaught

Rep. Monica Stonier

State Representative for Washington's 49th District

“We need people like us in those positions of power, that understand the lived experiences of the community, that feel connected to the day-to-day challenges that people face and their lived realities.”

BGG x SiX Spotlight: NY Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

Asm Jessica González-Rojas

State Assemblymember for New York's 34th District

“[Anti-abortion legislators] are going to try anything they can to water [abortion protections] down, to weaken them, so that Florida is not going to have a firewall in the face of a SCOTUS decision. ”

Florida Advocates Brace for a Flood of Abortion Patients

Rep. Anna Eskamani

State Representative for Florida's 47th District

“[Abortion care] is not just a matter of what's legal, but what you can afford? Do you have access to providers? Do you have transportation? Do you have insurance that will cover it?”

2021 is a Record-Breaking Year for State Attacks on Abortion. How Are Advocates Fighting Back?

Sen. Jennifer McClellan

State Senator for Virginia's 9th District

“But what is inspirational to me is that we are changing the game and if we can focus in on that, I think, when we look back on this time, we will see that Black women have not only led the conversation, but they have changed laws and policies across the board, not just in the legislature but in their places of work, in their homes, in their communities, in whatever way that looks like.”

Independence for the Rest of Us

Rep. Leslie Herod

State Representative of Colorado's 8th District

“I relish being the first woman of color, only in so much as I have the responsibility now to turn around and make sure there are also Black women, Indigenous women, and trans women in the state Senate as well.”

BGG x SiX Spotlight: VT Sen. Kesha Ram

Sen. Kesha Ram

State Senator of Vermont's 8 District

“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

Asm. Clara Thomas

State Assembly Member of Nevada's 17th District

“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

Rep. Liz Miranda

State Representative of Massachusetts' Fifth Suffolk District

“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

Rep. Attica Scott

State Representative of Kentucky's 41st District

“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

OH Rep. Stephanie Howse, AZ Rep. Raquel Terán, AL Rep. Merika Coleman, and former FL Rep. Cindy Polo

“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.

Rep. Erica Crawley

State Representative of Ohio's 26th District

“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

Sen. Mia McLeod

State Senator of South Carolina's 22nd District

“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?

Sen. Erika Geiss

State Senator of Michigan's 6th District

“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

Julie von Haefen

State Representative of North Carolina's 36th District

“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

Annette Chaparro

Assemblywoman of New Jersey's 33rd District

““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

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani

State Representative of Florida's 47th District

“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

Rep. London Lamar

State Representative of Tennessee's 91st District

“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

Rep. Mandie Landry

State Representative of Louisiana's 91st District

“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

Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick

State Representative of Georgia's 93rd District

“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)

Fentrice Driskell

State Representative of Florida's 63rd District

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The Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council is a community of state legislators who share values, learn from each other, access resources, technical support, and training, and speak as one chorus of voices in support of reproductive freedom.

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