Reproductive Freedom For All Responds to Outcome of California Senate Primary - Reproductive Freedom for All

Formerly NARAL Pro-Choice America

Reproductive Freedom For All Responds to Outcome of California Senate Primary

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 6, 2024

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Reproductive Freedom For All Responds to Outcome of California Senate Primary

Washington, DC Yesterday, reproductive freedom champion and Representative Barbara Lee lost in her bid to represent California in the U.S. Senate.

Reproductive Freedom For All President Mini Timmaraju released the following statement in response:

“We will always stand with Rep. Barbara Lee, a proven champion in the fight for reproductive freedom, in this race. She has shown time and again that she will never back down from the fight for abortion rights and access. While we worked for a different outcome in this race, we remain committed to fighting side by side with Rep. Lee to advance our fundamental rights no matter what comes next.” 

Rep. Lee has been a vocal champion and singular force for reproductive freedom for decades, continuing the work of her mentor and one of our organization’s first honorary co-presidents, Rep. Shirley Chisolm. Rep. Lee’s work championing abortion rights and access earned her our organization’s “Champion for Choice” award during our 50th-anniversary event. She has worked tirelessly to protect and expand access to reproductive health care, including abortion care—by:

  • Co-chairing the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus;
  • Authoring and leading the charge to pass the EACH Act, which would end the discriminatory Hyde Amendment;
  • Serving as lead co-sponsor of the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act, which would permanently end the global gag rule, protecting access to sexual and reproductive health care for people around the world;
  • Co-sponsoring numerous bills that would advance reproductive freedom, such as the Women’s Health Protection Act and the Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act;
  • Sharing her own abortion story;
  • As a member of the appropriations committee, she is leading the charge to fight back against anti-abortion attacks in spending bills; and
  • Voted in favor of reproductive freedom, consistently receiving a 100% rating from Reproductive Freedom for All every year since she was elected to Congress in 1988.


For over 50 years, Reproductive Freedom for All (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice America) has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. Reproductive Freedom for All is powered by its more than 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.