9 Awesome Pro-Choice Measures Passed In The States
We work every day to make sure that women’s personal and private reproductive-health care decisions are honored. Adversely, anti-choice politicians in Congress and state legislatures believe they should have a say over decisions like whether to use birth control or access abortion. But we know that the majority of Americans don’t want politicians making decisions for them and access to reproductive–health care can have a direct impact on one’s ability to control their own destiny.
1) Hawaii enacted a law to guarantee emergency contraception in the emergency room for sexual assault survivors.
2) Colorado enacted a law to fund comprehensive sex-education programs.
3) Illinois also enacted a law replacing the state’s “abstinence-only” program with a sex-education curriculum.
4) Bernalillo County, New Mexico enacted a measure to protect individuals’ homes from picketing, aiming to protect the safety of abortion providers.
5) Portland, Maine also approved a proposal that puts into place a buffer zone to protect abortion providers in that city.
6) Dane County, Wisconsin passed an ordinance requiring full and honest information from organizations contracting with the county.
7) New Hampshire enacted a law expands low-income women’s access to family-planning services.
8) California enacted a law that will increase the number of medical professionals who can provide early abortion care, including nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and physician assistants.
9) California also enacted a law making permanent an existing clinic-violence law, which, among other important provisions, requires law-enforcement personnel to be trained in responding to incidents of anti-choice violence at health centers.
We’re ecstatic to see so many pro-choice laws enacted in the states, but we won’t stop there.