SiX is committed to helping state legislators change the conversation and change course in order to protect and advance reproductive health, rights, and justice.

Reproductive Rights

A years-long trend of state-level abortion restrictions has resulted in more than 350 new laws and a resulting patchwork landscape of abortion access across the country, meaning a person’s ability to receive quality abortion care often depends on the state in which they live and the size of their paycheck. SiX is committed to helping state legislators change the conversation and change course in order to protect and advance reproductive health, rights, and justice. That’s why in January 2018, the State Innovation Exchange launched the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council (RFLC).

Access to abortion and the whole gamut of reproductive healthcare is an issue of economic justice, racial justice, and human rights.”

— Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman

The Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council is a cohort of over 270 state legislators from over 40 states committed to leading on reproductive rights, health, and justice by promoting a bold, unapologetic stance in favor of abortion rights and embracing the role state lawmakers play in protecting and advancing those rights. Council members signed onto a Vision and Values platform, which can be found in full under the Policy Options tab, below.

The full Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council Platform: Our Vision and Values platform can also be found here. The full list of participating legislators can be found here.

To kick-off the launch of the RFLC, five state legislators recorded video testimonials explaining why they support reproductive freedom. These legislative leaders include Arizona Rep. Athena Salman, Colorado Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Georgia Rep. Renitta Shannon, Illinois Rep. Elgie Sims, and Minnesota Rep. Erin Maye Quade.

In the video below, Kelly Baden, SiX’s Director of Reproductive Rights, introduces and explains SiX’s vision for the RFLC:

State legislators interested in joining the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council can sign up here, and email ReproductiveRights@stateinnovation.org for more information.

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