Thank you for your support of Reproductive Freedom Week 2014!

This year the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom put a new spin on our annual advocacy day—rather than put on a one day event in Sacramento, we planned a full week of advocacy that happened online and in communities across the state. From March 23-29 California celebrated Reproductive Freedom Week (RFW), and CCRF members organized their consitutents to advocate for policy that supports reproductive freedom. Participants made 30 legislative visits in seven different regions: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange County, Los Angeles, Vislia/Tulare, Sacramento/Northern California, and the Bay Area.

Reproductive Freedom Week participants had the chance to talk to legislators and staff about two important bills: AB 154 (Atkins), a bill to expand access to early abortion services; and SB 138 (Hernandez), the Confidential Health Information Act, a bill to protect confidential access to sensitive services. Participants were trained on the specifics of each piece of legislation, as well as general advocacy strategies and an overview of the reproductive health, rights and justice movement. In addition to adovcacy activites, most regions also held community events, where activists from diverse backgrounds had the oportunity to meet, network, and build community.

RFW also hosted a special blog carnival to highlight the many voices of the reproductive health, rights and justice movement in California. Many individuals contributed blog posts on a wide range of topics, and while the blog is no longer being updated, we highly recommend that you check out the great archived content!

CCRF was excited to debut this new event model of Reproductive Freedom Week, which gave people in all regions of California the opportunity to experience advocacy firsthand. It was a huge success! We thank all of our regional organizers for their hard work, and all our participants for taking action and creating change for reproductive freedom!