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Statement from State Legislators on the Abortion Ban Crisis

May 2019 in ,

The statement below was coordinated by the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council, a first-of-its-kind national network of over 350 pro-choice state legislators from across the country. The RFLC is a project of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX).

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.”

Signed,

Representative Zack Fields Alaska
Representative Geran Tarr Alaska
Representative Isela Blanc Arizona
Representative Andres Cano 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
Speaker 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
Senator Pete Lee Colorado
Representative Susan Lontine Colorado
Representative Barbara McLachlan Colorado
Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet Colorado
Senator Brittany Pettersen Colorado
Representative Jonathan Singer Colorado
Representative Dominique Jackson 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
Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey Connecticut
Senator Marilyn Moore Connecticut
Representative Caroline Simmons Connecticut
Representative Edwin Vargas Connecticut
Representative Paul Baumbach Delaware
Representative Kamia Brown Florida
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 Shelly Hutchinson 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
Representative Linda Ichiyama Hawaii
Senator Donna Mercado Kim Hawaii
Representative Roy Takumi Hawaii
Representative Nicole Lowen 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 Joyce Mason Illinois
Representative Celina Villanueva Illinois
Representative Marti Anderson Iowa
Representative Liz Bennett Iowa
Senator Joe Bolkcom Iowa
Representative Molly Donahue Iowa
Representative Vicki Lensing Iowa
Representative Mary Mascher Iowa
Representative Elizabeth Bishop Kansas
Representative Dennis “Boog” Highberger Kansas
Representative Annie Kuether Kansas
Representative Joni Jenkins Kentucky
Representative Mary Lou Marzian Kentucky
Representative Attica Woodson Scott Kentucky
Representative Lisa Willner Kentucky
Senator Shenna Bellows Maine
Senator Catherine Breen Maine
Representative Kristen Cloutier Maine
Representative Janice Cooper Maine
Representative Donna Doore Maine
Representative Michelle Dunphy Maine
Representative Richard Farnsworth Maine
Representative Drew Gattine Maine
Speaker Sara Gideon Maine
Representative Nicole Grohoski Maine
Representative James Handy Maine
Representative Jay McCreight Maine
Representative Genevieve McDonald Maine
Senator Rebecca Millett Maine
Senator Dave Miramant Maine
Representative Matt Moonen Maine
Representative Teresa Pierce Maine
Representative Lois Reckitt Maine
Representative Deane Rykerson Maine
Representative Erik Jorgensen Maine
Representative Margaret O’Neil Maine
Representative Rachel Talbot Ross Maine
Representative Denise Tepler Maine
Representative Charlotte Warren Maine
Senator Bill Ferguson Maryland
Senator Cheryl Kagan Maryland
Delegate Robbyn Lewis Maryland
Delegate Karen Lewis Young Maryland
Delegate Brooke Lierman Maryland
Delegate David Moon Maryland
Delegate Ana Sol-Gutierrez Maryland
Senator Ronald Young Maryland
Delegate Shelly Hettleman Maryland
Delegate Ariana Kelly Maryland
Delegate Pamela Queen Maryland
Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins Maryland
Senator Mike Barrett Massachusetts
Representative Michelle Ciccolo Massachusetts
Senator Jo Comerford Massachusetts
Representative Carmine Gentile Massachusetts
Representative Danielle Gregoire Massachusetts
Representative Patricia Haddad Massachusetts
Representative David Linsky Massachusetts
Representative Jay Livingstone Massachusetts
Representative Liz Miranda Massachusetts
Representative Tram Nguyen Massachusetts
Representative Alice Peisch Massachusetts
Representative Denise Provost Massachusetts
Representative Tami Gouveia Massachusetts
Representative Natalie Higgins Massachusetts
Representative David LeBoeuf Massachusetts
Representative Jack Patrick Lewis Massachusetts
Senator Becca Rausch Massachusetts
Representative Lindsay Sabadosa Massachusetts
Minority Leader Jim Ananich Michigan
Senator Rosemary Bayer Michigan
Representative Jim Ellison Michigan
Representative Alex Garza Michigan
Minority Leader Christine Greig Michigan
Senator Curtis Hertel Michigan
Senator Jeremy Moss Michigan
Representative Kristy Pagan Michigan
Representative Rebekah Warren Michigan
Senator Winnie Brinks Michigan
Minority Fl Leader Stephanie Chang Michigan
Senator Erika Geiss Michigan
Representative Kara Hope Michigan
Senator Jeff Irwin Michigan
Representative Donna Lasinski Michigan
Representative Robert Wittenberg Michigan
Representative Jamie Becker-Finn Minnesota
Representative Raymond Dehn Minnesota
Senator D. Scott Dibble Minnesota
Representative Mike Freiberg Minnesota
Speaker Melissa Hortman Minnesota
Representative Fue Lee Minnesota
Representative Diane Loeffler Minnesota
Representative Carlos Mariani Minnesota
Representative Sandra Masin Minnesota
Representative Rena Moran Minnesota
Representative Dave Pinto Minnesota
Representative Frank Hornstein Minnesota
Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein Minnesota
Representative Jamie Long Minnesota
Representative Liz Olson Minnesota
Senator Sandy Pappas Minnesota
Senator Deborah Dawkins Mississippi
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
Senator Julia Ratti Nevada
Assemblyman Steven Yeager Nevada
Assemblywoman Sarah Peters Nevada
Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel Nevada
Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo Nevada
Assemblyman Rich Carillo Nevada
Representative Susan Almy New Hampshire
Representative Debra Altschiller New Hampshire
Representative Christy Bartlett New Hampshire
Representative Donald Bouchard 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 Garrett Muscatel 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
Senator Elizabeth Stefanics New Mexico
Senator Mimi Stewart New Mexico
Representative Elizabeth Thomson New Mexico
Representative Christine Trujillo New Mexico
Representative Andrea Romero New Mexico
Senator Alessandra Biaggi New York
Assemblymember David Buchwald New York
Assemblymember Patricia Fahy 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
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins New York
Assemblymember Latrice M. Walker New York
Representative John Ager North Carolina
Representative Johnnie Newton Autry North Carolina
Representative Mary Belk North Carolina
Representative Cecil Brockman North Carolina
Representative Deb Butler North Carolina
Senator Jay Chaudhuri 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
Representative Evelyn Terry North Carolina
Senator Terry Van Duyn North Carolina
Senator Mike Woodard North Carolina
Representative Sydney Batch North Carolina
Representative Christy Clark North Carolina
Representative Ashton Clemmons North Carolina
Representative Julie Von Haefen North Carolina
Senator Nickie Antonio Ohio
Representative Tavia Galonski Ohio
Representative Adam Miller Ohio
Representative Kent Smith Ohio
Representative Emilia Strong Sykes Ohio
Representative Thomas West Ohio
Representative Juanita Brent Ohio
Representative Erica Crawley Ohio
Representative Stephanie Howse Ohio
Representative Emily Virgin Oklahoma
Representative Julie Fahey Oregon
Senator Lew Frederick Oregon
Senator Sara Gelser Oregon
Representative Susan McLain Oregon
Representative Tiffiny Mitchell Oregon
Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson Oregon
Representative Carla Piluso Oregon
Representative Karin Power Oregon
Representative Brad Witt Oregon
Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson Oregon
Representative Tim Briggs Pennsylvania
Representative Carolyn Comitta Pennsylvania
Representative Tina Davis Pennsylvania
Representative Ed Gainey Pennsylvania
Senator Art Haywood Pennsylvania
Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky Pennsylvania
Representative Steve McCarter Pennsylvania
Representative Chris Rabb Pennsylvania
Representative Peter Schweyer Pennsylvania
Representative Wendy Ullman Pennsylvania
Senator Maria Collett Pennsylvania
Representative Mary Jo Daley Pennsylvania
Representative Austin Davis Pennsylvania
Minority Leader Frank Dermody Pennsylvania
Representative Dan Frankel Pennsylvania
Representative Sara Innamorato Pennsylvania
Representative Summer Lee Pennsylvania
Senator Katie Muth Pennsylvania
Representative Mike Schlossberg Pennsylvania
Senator Lindsey Williams Pennsylvania
Representative Edith Ajello Rhode Island
Senator Melissa Murray Rhode Island
Representative Evan Shanley Rhode Island
Representative Teresa Tanzi Rhode Island
Senator Dawn Euer Rhode Island
Senator Gayle Goldin Rhode Island
Senator Bridget Valverde 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
Representative Annmarie Christensen Vermont
Majority Leader Sarah CopelandHanzas Vermont
Representative Maxine Grad Vermont
Representative James McCullough Vermont
Representative Mike Mrowicki Vermont
Representative Ann Pugh Vermont
Representative Barbara Rachelson Vermont
Majority Leader Jill Krowinski 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
Representative Mike Sells Washington
Representative Tana Senn Washington
Representative Derek Stanford Washington
Representative Gael Tarleton Washington
Senator Lisa Wellman Washington
Senator Emily Randall Washington
Representative Kristine Reeves Washington
Senator Claire Wilson Washington
Delegate Danielle Walker West Virginia
Representative Jimmy Anderson Wisconsin
Senator Janet Bewley Wisconsin
Representative Jodi Emerson Wisconsin
Senator LaTonya Johnson Wisconsin
Representative Debra Kolste Wisconsin
Senator Chris Larson Wisconsin
Representative Greta Neubauer 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