For Immediate Release
Samantha Gordon, 202.973.3032
New Report: State Pro-Choice Laws on the Rise, but More Than Half the States Still Get an ''F'' on Protecting Women's Reproductive Rights
WASHINGTON - Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation released the 24th edition of Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States.
The report, published each year, provides individual letter grades on the status of women's reproductive rights for all 50 states and provides a comprehensive view of reproductive-health related legislation in those states. This year's report comes as anti-choice politicians take control of both chambers in Congress, multiple state legislatures, and governors' mansions across the country.
This year, the nation earned a "D" grade while also tying last year's record high of 25 states earning an "F." However, pro-choice measures enacted in states increased from 16 in 2013 to 22 in 2014. Conversely, the number of anti-choice laws fell from 52 enacted in 2013 to 27 in 2014.
To read the full report, please visit: www.WhoDecides.org
"At a time where polls show the majority of Americans support legal access to abortion, this report shows that federal legislators in our nation's capital are continuing to prioritize a rollback of women's rights while states have begun to stem the tide of anti-choice laws that riled voters in 2014," said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. "Politicians in Congress, and state legislatures, who further hostile attacks on women, including limiting access to abortion, contraception, and to reproductive-health care facilities, will find themselves losing support as voters get behind leaders who want to make progress as a nation. Who Decides? exposes the politicians across the country who don't trust women to make decisions about our bodies and our lives."
The composition of the 114th Congress is incongruous with the majority of American people. Whereas seven in ten Americans support a woman's right to choose, only four in ten members of Congress, three in ten Governors, and one in ten state legislatures are pro-choice.
"We are encouraged by the number of measures that expanded reproductive freedom in 2014, and we think this is what the American people want and what the future holds," continued Hogue. "Our work this year is to support those lawmakers who pursue an agenda in line with what real women and families need. We will be closely watching the incoming lawmakers who assured voters that they would stand up to the assault on our basic freedoms, and hold them accountable where they fall short."
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NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as "one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America."