For Immediate Release: May 23, 2019
Denver, Colo. – 373 state legislators from 46 states released the statement below denouncing the recent abortion bans that are sweeping the nation. See the full statement and list of legislators here.
“Anti-abortion state legislators are are emboldened by the extremists in power in Washington and are running scared of the momentum demonstrated by women voters across the country,” said Kelly Baden, Director of Reproductive Rights for State Innovation Exchange (SiX). “Enacting bans on abortion, whether they are all-out bans like Alabama or near-complete bans like Georgia, flies in the face of common sense, public health, and Americans’ support for reproductive dignity and autonomy.”
Outrageously, more than 400 state-level abortion restrictions have been enacted since 2011, often making it harder for a person to get the health care procedure they need, or even pushing it out of reach altogether. Already in 2019, nearly 30 bans on abortion have been introduced, passed, or signed into law in statehouses around the country.
Statement from the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council:
“The 2019 state attacks on the legal right to abortion are a crisis. As state legislators from around the country and members of the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council, we condemn this coordinated political strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade and are outraged by efforts to criminalize doctors or patients seeking abortion care.
We envision a nation in which each of us can make our own decisions about our reproductive health, pregnancy, and parenting, free from political interference. We’re calling on our fellow legislators, governors, and the courts to stop these abortion bans and instead take action to ensure all people can access reproductive health care with dignity and respect, no matter where they live or the size of their bank account. We respect the sacred duty of public office and we honor our charge to act for a better future for our constituents and communities – and that means protecting abortion rights.”