Statement from the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council on the 46th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 2019 in ,

The Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council is the only national, cross-state cohort of pro-choice state legislators in the country, with 326 members from 46 states. The RFLC is a project of State Innovation Exchange (SiX).

The 46th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision Roe v. Wade comes at a critical time in our country. While we are experiencing a hostile federal government and a highly-politicized judiciary comprised of opponents of reproductive rights and justice who are emboldened to test the powers of their political reach, we also see the rising of voters and elected officials intent on centering the clear majority of Americans who support our constitutional right to reproductive freedom.

As a cohort of 326 state legislators from 46 states, we recognize the urgency of this moment and the obligation we have to protect our constitutional right to abortion, to recognize where the rights established under Roe v. Wade have fallen short for many of our communities, and to take action to ensure all people can access the reproductive health care they need with dignity and respect. Where some see a political opportunity to erode or dismantle Roe v. Wade, we see a duty to fight back against the ongoing assaults on our rights and a chance to re-envision what reproductive health, rights, and justice should look like in the United States.

While abortion has been legal for 46 years, anti-abortion politicians have already pushed abortion out of reach for poor women, young people, and people of color by enacting more than one thousand state-level restrictions in that time. States have a choice. We can align with those who wish to take us backwards and criminalize a health care procedure that nearly one in four women will receive in her lifetime, or we can rise to reclaim our government for the people and in pursuit of gender, racial, and economic justice, including reproductive health care and rights for all. We won’t just fight back against the ongoing assaults, but will fight for more than the protections established in Roe v. Wade. We will create a future where all Americans, have access to reproductive care.

Our country is at a crossroads. We boldly accept the challenge before us. We commit to raising our voices and using our platforms as state legislators to continue advancing the reproductive health care services that our communities deserve, in 2019 and beyond.

Signed,

Legislators in the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council

Representative Geran Tarr Alaska
Representative Isela Blanc Arizona
Senator Andrea Dalessandro Arizona
Representative Rosanna Gabaldon Arizona
Representative Daniel Hernandez Arizona
Senator Juan Mendez Arizona
Representative Athena Salman Arizona
Senator Joyce Elliott Arkansas
Representative Vivian Flowers Arkansas
Assemblyman David Chiu California
Assemblymember Laura Friedman California
Majority Leader KC Becker Colorado
Senator Lois Court Colorado
Senator Jessie Danielson Colorado
Representative Daneya Esgar Colorado
Senator Steve Fenberg Colorado
Senator Rhonda Fields Colorado
Senator Joann Ginal Colorado
Representative Chris Hansen Colorado
Representative Leslie Herod Colorado
Representative Edie Hooton Colorado
Representative Dominique Jackson Colorado
Senator Pete Lee Colorado
Representative Susan Lontine Colorado
Representative Barbara McLachlan Colorado
Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet Colorado
Senator Brittany Pettersen Colorado
Representative Mike Weissman Colorado
Majority Leader Bob Duff Connecticut
Representative Joshua Elliott Connecticut
Senator Mae Flexer Connecticut
Representative Jillian Gilchrest Connecticut
Representative Gregory Haddad Connecticut
Representative Susan Johnson Connecticut
Representative Roland Lemar Connecticut
Senator Matthew Lesser Connecticut
Senator Marilyn Moore Connecticut
Representative Caroline Simmons Connecticut
Representative Edwin Vargas Connecticut
Representative Paul Baumbach Delaware
Senator Lori Berman Florida
Representative Anna Eskamani Florida
Senator Gloria Butler Georgia
Representative Park Cannon Georgia
Representative Patricia Park Gardner Georgia
Representative Deborah Gonzalez Georgia
Representative Sheila Jones Georgia
Representative Dar’shun Kendrick Georgia
Representative Bee Nguyen Georgia
Senator Nan Orrock Georgia
Representative Kim Schofield Georgia
Representative Renitta Shannon Georgia
Senator Nikema Williams Georgia
Senator Rosalyn Baker Hawaii
Representative Della Au Belatti Hawaii
Senator Donna Mercado Kim Hawaii
Representative Nicole Lowen Hawaii
Representative Roy Takumi Hawaii
Representative Sue Chew Idaho
Representative Carol Ammons Illinois
Senator Omar Aquino Illinois
Representative Kelly Cassidy Illinois
Representative Sara Feigenholtz Illinois
Senator Laura Fine Illinois
Representative Robyn Gabel Illinois
Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth Illinois
Representative Will Guzzardi Illinois
Senator Don Harmon Illinois
Representative Greg Harris Illinois
Senator Mattie Hunter Illinois
Senator Toi Hutchinson Illinois
Representative Camille Lilly Illinois
Representative Theresa Mah Illinois
Representative Robert Martwick Illinois
Representative Rita Mayfield Illinois
Representative Anna Moeller Illinois
Senator Elgie Sims Illinois
Senator Heather Steans Illinois
Senator Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins Illinois
Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch Illinois
Representative Ann Williams Illinois
Representative Sam Yingling Illinois
Representative Marti Anderson Iowa
Representative Liz Bennett Iowa
Senator Joe Bolkcom Iowa
Representative Vicki Lensing Iowa
Representative Dennis “Boog” Highberger Kansas
Representative Annie Kuether Kansas
Representative Joni Jenkins Kentucky
Representative Mary Lou Marzian Kentucky
Representative Attica Woodson Scott Kentucky
Senator Shenna Bellows Maine
Senator Catherine Breen Maine
Representative Dale Denno Maine
Representative Donna Doore Maine
Representative Michelle Dunphy Maine
Representative Richard Farnsworth Maine
Representative Drew Gattine Maine
Speaker Sara Gideon Maine
Representative James Handy Maine
Representative Erik Jorgensen Maine
Representative Jay McCreight Maine
Senator Rebecca Millett Maine
Senator Dave Miramant Maine
Representative Matt Moonen Maine
Representative Margaret O’Neil Maine
Representative Lois Reckitt Maine
Representative Deane Rykerson Maine
Representative Rachel Talbot Ross Maine
Representative Denise Tepler Maine
Representative Charlotte Warren Maine
Delegate Shelly Hettleman Maryland
Senator Cheryl Kagan Maryland
Delegate Ariana Kelly Maryland
Delegate Robbyn Lewis Maryland
Delegate Karen Lewis Young Maryland
Delegate Brooke Lierman Maryland
Delegate David Moon Maryland
Delegate Pamela Queen Maryland
Delegate Ana Sol-Gutierrez Maryland
Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins Maryland
Senator Mike Barrett Massachusetts
Representative Carmine Gentile Massachusetts
Representative Patricia Haddad Massachusetts
Representative Natalie Higgins Massachusetts
Representative Jack Patrick Lewis Massachusetts
Representative David Linsky Massachusetts
Representative Jay Livingstone Massachusetts
Representative Tram T. Nguyen Massachusetts
Representative Alice Peisch Massachusetts
Representative Denise Provost Massachusetts
Senator Becca Rausch Massachusetts
Representative Lindsay Sabadosa Massachusetts
Minority Leader Jim Ananich Michigan
Senator Winnie Brinks Michigan
Minority Floor Leader Stephanie Chang Michigan
Senator Erika Geiss Michigan
Minority Leader Christine Greig Michigan
Senator Curtis Hertel Michigan
Representative Kara Hope Michigan
Senator Jeff Irwin Michigan
Representative Donna Lasinski Michigan
Senator Jeremy Moss Michigan
Representative Kristy Pagan Michigan
Representative Rebekah Warren Michigan
Representative Robert Wittenberg Michigan
Representative Jamie Becker-Finn Minnesota
Representative Raymond Dehn Minnesota
Senator D. Scott Dibble Minnesota
Representative Mike Freiberg Minnesota
Representative Frank Hornstein Minnesota
Speaker Melissa Hortman Minnesota
Representative Fue Lee Minnesota
Representative Carlos Mariani Minnesota
Representative Sandra Masin Minnesota
Representative Rena Moran Minnesota
Representative Liz Olson Minnesota
Senator Sandy Pappas Minnesota
Representative Dave Pinto Minnesota
Representative Kathy Sykes Mississippi
Representative Richard Brown Missouri
Representative Sarah Unsicker Missouri
Representative Cora Faith Walker Missouri
Representative Mary Caferro Montana
Representative Mary Ann Dunwell Montana
Representative Jessica Karjala Montana
Representative Andrea Olsen Montana
Senator Jennifer Pomnichowski Montana
Senator Diane Sands Montana
Senator Frank Smith Montana
Senator Sara Howard Nebraska
Assemblywoman Sarah Peters Nevada
Senator Julia Ratti Nevada
Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel Nevada
Assemblyman Steven Yeager Nevada
Representative Susan Almy New Hampshire
Representative Debra Altschiller New Hampshire
Representative Christy Bartlett New Hampshire
Representative Amanda Bouldin New Hampshire
Representative Renny Cushing New Hampshire
Representative Edith DesMarais New Hampshire
Representative Charlotte DiLorenzo New Hampshire
Representative Daniel Eaton New Hampshire
Senator Martha Fuller Clark New Hampshire
Representative Chuck Grassie New Hampshire
Representative Timothy Horrigan New Hampshire
Representative Mark King New Hampshire
Representative Peter Leishman New Hampshire
Representative Patricia Lovejoy New Hampshire
Representative Sharon Nordgren New Hampshire
Representative Allison Nutting-Wong New Hampshire
Representative Lee Oxenham New Hampshire
Representative Marjorie Porter New Hampshire
Representative Katherine Rogers New Hampshire
Senator Cindy Rosenwald New Hampshire
Representative Kris Schultz New Hampshire
Minority Leader Stephen Shurtleff New Hampshire
Senator David Watters New Hampshire
Assemblyman Raj Mukherji New Jersey
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle New Jersey
Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg New Jersey
Representative Deborah Armstrong New Mexico
Representative Andrea Romero New Mexico
Senator Elizabeth Stefanics New Mexico
Senator Mimi Stewart New Mexico
Representative Elizabeth Thomson New Mexico
Representative Christine Trujillo New Mexico
Assemblymember David Buchwald New York
Assemblymember Deborah Glick New York
Assemblymember Richard Gottfried New York
Senator Liz Krueger New York
Assemblymember Felix Ortiz New York
Assemblymember Dan Quart New York
Senator Gustavo Rivera New York
Assemblymember Nily Rozic New York
Assemblymember JoAnne Simon New York
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins New York
Assemblymember Latrice M. Walker New York
Representative Johnnie Newton Autry North Carolina
Representative Sydney Batch North Carolina
Representative Mary Belk North Carolina
Representative Cecil Brockman North Carolina
Representative Deb Butler North Carolina
Senator Jay Chaudhuri North Carolina
Representative Christy Clark North Carolina
Representative Susan Fisher North Carolina
Senator Valerie Foushee North Carolina
Representative Rosa Gill North Carolina
Representative Pricey Harrison North Carolina
Representative Verla Insko North Carolina
Senator Floyd McKissick North Carolina
Representative Graig Meyer North Carolina
Representative Marcia Morey North Carolina
Senator Terry Van Duyn North Carolina
Representative Julie Von Haefen North Carolina
Senator Mike Woodard North Carolina
Senator Nickie Antonio Ohio
Representative Erica Crawley Ohio
Representative Tavia Galonski Ohio
Representative Stephanie Howse Ohio
Representative Adam Miller Ohio
Representative Kent Smith Ohio
Representative Emilia Strong Sykes Ohio
Representative Thomas West Ohio
Representative Emily Virgin Oklahoma
Representative Julie Fahey Oregon
Senator Lew Frederick Oregon
Senator Sara Gelser Oregon
Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson Oregon
Representative Carla Piluso Oregon
Representative Karin Power Oregon
Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson Oregon
Representative Brad Witt Oregon
Representative Tim Briggs Pennsylvania
Senator Maria Collett Pennsylvania
Representative Carolyn Comitta Pennsylvania
Representative Mary Jo Daley Pennsylvania
Representative Tina Davis Pennsylvania
Representative Austin Davis Pennsylvania
Minority Leader Frank Dermody Pennsylvania
Representative Dan Frankel Pennsylvania
Representative Ed Gainey Pennsylvania
Senator Art Haywood Pennsylvania
Representative Sara Innamorato Pennsylvania
Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky Pennsylvania
Representative Summer Lee Pennsylvania
Representative Steve McCarter Pennsylvania
Senator Katie Muth Pennsylvania
Representative Chris Rabb Pennsylvania
Representative Mike Schlossberg Pennsylvania
Representative Peter Schweyer Pennsylvania
Senator Lindsey Williams Pennsylvania
Representative Edith Ajello Rhode Island
Senator Dawn Euer Rhode Island
Senator Gayle Goldin Rhode Island
Representative Evan Shanley Rhode Island
Representative Teresa Tanzi Rhode Island
Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter South Carolina
Representative John King South Carolina
Senator Margie Bright Matthews South Carolina
Representative Steven McCleerey South Dakota
Senator Susan Wismer South Dakota
Representative G.A. Hardaway Tennessee
Representative Jessica Farrar Texas
Representative Mary Gonzalez Texas
Representative Jennifer Dailey-Provost Utah
Representative Elizabeth Weight Utah
Representative Tim Briglin Vermont
Majority Leader Sarah Copeland Hanzas Vermont
Representative Maxine Grad Vermont
Majority Leader Jill Krowinski Vermont
Representative James McCullough Vermont
Representative Mike Mrowicki Vermont
Representative Ann Pugh Vermont
Representative Barbara Rachelson Vermont
Delegate Jennifer Boysko Virginia
Senator Barbara Favola Virginia
Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn Virginia
Delegate Elizabeth Guzman Virginia
Delegate Mark Keam Virginia
Delegate Kaye Kory Virginia
Senator Jennifer McClellan Virginia
Delegate Marcia Price Virginia
Representative Eileen Cody Washington
Senator Jeannie Darneille Washington
Representative Beth Doglio Washington
Representative Joe Fitzgibbon Washington
Senator Karen Keiser Washington
Senator Emily Randall Washington
Representative Mike Sells Washington
Representative Tana Senn Washington
Representative Derek Stanford Washington
Representative Gael Tarleton Washington
Senator Lisa Wellman Washington
Senator Claire Wilson Washington
Delegate Danielle Walker West Virginia
Senator Janet Bewley Wisconsin
Senator LaTonya Johnson Wisconsin
Representative Debra Kolste Wisconsin
Senator Chris Larson Wisconsin
Representative Melissa Sargent Wisconsin
Representative Christine Sinicki Wisconsin
Representative Lisa Subeck Wisconsin
Representative Chris Taylor Wisconsin
Representative JoCasta Zamarripa Wisconsin
Representative Cathy Connolly Wyoming