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Protecting and Expanding Choice in the States

What do California, Colorado, North Dakota, Oregon, and South Dakota have in common?

Voters in those states voted down anti-choice attacks.

Some states have also passed pro-choice legislation.

  • In 2008 and 2010, Coloradoans voted down so-called "personhood" measures. They would have banned abortion by establishing legal protections for fertilized eggs. Voters in Mississippi rejected a similar ballot initiative in 2011, a great example of how voters shut down "personhood" at the ballot box.
  • In 2012, North Dakotans rejected Measure 3. We sent staff to the state, managed phone banks, and mobilized our member activists to defeat this far-reaching measure that would have had negative consequences for women's health-care services.
  • In 2013, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that would increase access to safe, early abortion for California women.
  • In 2013, pro-choice voters in Albuquerque, NM, came together to defeat the 20-week abortion ban ballot measure in their city. The measure was the first of its kind at the municipal level. We worked with NARAL Pro-Choice New Mexico and a coalition on the ground to defeat the ballot measure. Through canvassing, targeted phone banks and an ad campaign, we communicated to voters the importance of keeping politicians out of women's most personal decisions.
  • When a 16-year-old woman living in foster care in Nebraska was forced to go before an anti-choice judge to get permission for a legal abortion — and was denied — we sprang into action. We worked with a coalition of progressive partners to gather a whopping 86,849 petition signatures to ask that Judge Peter Bataillon be sanctioned for putting his political beliefs above the rule of law and a young woman's welfare.

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