California continues leading the nation to protect and expand access to the full scope of reproductive health care.
Formerly NARAL Pro-Choice America
2022 has been the worst year for reproductive freedom on record. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to abortion and allowing states to enforce total and extreme bans on abortion.
This decision eviscerated federal constitutional protections for abortion access, sending a clear and terrifying message to Americans: Our freedom to determine if, when, and how to start or grow a family is now gone for many people across the country. Emboldened by the Supreme Court decision, anti-choice lawmakers are racing to ban abortion in roughly half of the United States, with more than a dozen states already enforcing total or extreme bans.
A strong majority of California state legislators support reproductive freedom—a testament to their values and conviction—but that is just the starting point for being a true champion for reproductive freedom.
Nearly half of all members of the California legislature earned the “Champion” designation in 2022.
The Reproductive Freedom Legislative Scorecard is designed to recognize California’s champions for reproductive freedom and to incentivize legislators to strive to achieve champion status.
The 2022 scorecard illustrates just how much California legislators stepped up to champion reproductive freedom this year. In the 2021 scorecard, 41 legislators earned the “Champion” designation, with 17 legislators earning an A+ and 24 earning an A. This year, 56 legislators — nearly half of all members of the California legislature — earned the “Champion” designation, with 38 legislators earning an A+ and an additional 18 earning an A.
The Reproductive Freedom Legislative Scorecard scores key Assembly and Senate committee and floor votes on reproductive freedom legislation, as well as factors in lead authorship and co-authorship of bills advancing reproductive freedom. See our methodology.