NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation dedicate the 2014 edition of Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States to the state legislators fighting every day to protect choice.
In the face of relentless attacks on women's reproductive rights, legislators in state houses across the country are pushing back. They stand firm in the belief that each woman can and should be trusted to make personal, private decisions about health-care issues in consultation with their families, their doctors, and their faith—not politicians. Just three of the many pro-choice champions across the states include:
- Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, whose 13-hour filibuster of an extreme, anti-choice omnibus bill captivated the nation;
- North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams, who has spent nearly three decades fighting for women and families and was a leader in the fight against the now-infamous "motorcycle safety" anti-abortion bill; and
- California Asm. Toni Atkins, who authored a 2013 law that expands access to safe abortion care in the Golden State.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation also proudly dedicate the 2014 edition of Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States to the courageous activists who are on the front lines of the fight to protect reproductive choice. By the end of Sen. Davis' filibuster, those watching were sending out 5,776 tweets per minute and the YouTube channel streaming the scene on the Texas senate floor had more than 180,000 viewers. In North Carolina, 7,350 activists rallied against legislators' actions attacking a number of progressive values, including reproductive freedom. Dedicated activists across the country make up the core of support for these amazing pro-choice legislators. All told, more than 916,431 times in 2013, NARAL Pro-Choice America activists spoke out in favor of protecting a woman's right to choose, and are the ones who are the foundation to the work we do at NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation.