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January 14, 2015 / Press Releases

California Ranked Number 1 in the Nation in Protecting Women’s Reproductive Rights, According to New ”Who Decides?” Report

January 14, 2015


Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America released its annual report Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States, in which states are graded based on the availability and quality of women’s reproductive health care. In 2014, California received an “A+” and ranked 1st in the nation for its ability to provide those services. California enacted more pro-choice legislation than any other state in 2014, with three measures.

To read the report, please visit: www.WhoDecides.org

“NARAL Pro-Choice California is proud of our progress in 2014 and proud that the state leads the nation in women’s reproductive health-care,” said Amy Everitt, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice California. “From strengthening contraceptive coverage to protecting against clinic violence, it’s clear that California cares about a woman’s right to choose and our pro-choice state legislature has made it a priority.”

California enacted more pro-choice legislation than any other state in 2014, including a policy guaranteeing that all insurance plans cover abortion services, and the state also enacted a measure strengthening the ACA’s contraceptive-coverage policy to ensure that health plans cover all FDA-approved contraceptive products without a copay.

“California’s stellar 2014 record, defending women’s rights where they come under attack and enacting more pro-choice legislation that any other state, is an example for the nation,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “When our reproductive rights are recognized and unobstructed, from strengthening contraceptive coverage to improving workplace protections for pregnant women, the country can advance on the agenda of progress that American families need.”   

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.”


Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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