Ilyse joined NARAL Pro-Choice America as the organization’s president on February 1, 2013.
Shortly after Ilyse began her role as president, illegal back-alley abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania become national news for abusing women who came to him in desperation.
In 2013, anti-choice state politicians kept up their attacks on women’s reproductive freedom,
like when North Dakota passed a six-week abortion ban and South Dakota worsened its mandatory delay law by forcing women to wait 12 hours before they get abortion care, excluding holidays.
Under Ilyse’s leadership, we mobilized our local supporters alongside our state affiliates to call out these extreme politicians for taking away our rights.
As anti-choice politicians felt the rising public backlash, they cheated and broke their own rules to pass extreme abortion restrictions.