ACTION PLAN 12 STATES | 26 RACES
Defend Abortion Rights
The Supreme Court overturned the protected right to an abortion.
Here’s what you need to know to fight back:
The future of abortion rights is not just determined by Congress, and the battleground for these rights is not just national. There are thousands of officials---state and federal lawmakers, judges, prosecutors, sheriffs---that are on the ballot November 8th that will shape whether tens of millions of people can exercise their reproductive rights, and at what risk.
Defending these rights demands that we rethink the actions we need to take in the 2022 Midterm Elections.
GovernorsIn the states where abortion is legal and under threat, all that is preventing state legislatures from ending abortion rights can be the veto of a pro-abortion governor. That could change in this election in: Arizona Iowa Michigan Pennsylvania In states where bans on abortion exist, a pro-abortion governor could grant clemencies to those convicted of criminal abortion violations. That can happen in: Arizona Ohio Wisconsin
State LawmakersGovernors are only one part of the defense when it comes to new abortion bans. Who controls the state legislatures is just as fundamental. Some state lawmakers can amass the votes to override a veto. The states where legislative bodies could gain supermajority control are: North Carolina Nevada Michigan Pennsylvania
Attorneys GeneralHow abortion bans are enforced and whether people face criminal charges for having or facilitating an abortion can be up to the state’s attorney general. In some states, the attorney general can override the decisions of local prosecutors and direct whether criminal charges are brought on their own. Attorneys general who have pledged to not enforce bans are running for election in: Arizona Georgia Michigan Ohio Texas
State Supreme Courts / JudgesState supreme courts are central to defending abortion rights. They determine if their state has a constitutional right to abortion or if bans can go into effect. The election of state supreme court judges this year can flip the courts in: Michigan North Carolina Ohio
SheriffsThe terror and threat of arrest from abortion bans is administered by local sheriffs and police chiefs. Whether resources are allocated to investigate abortions and enforce bans is at their direction. Sheriffs who have stated they would not enforce bans are up for election in: Tallahassee, Florida Lexington & Louisville, Kentucky Madison & Milwaukee, Wisconsin
ProsecutorsProsecutors have discretion on whether they will charge cases stemming from abortion bans. They are the most local line of defense, and candidates have become outspoken on whether they will enforce the bans or decline those cases. Prosecutors who have pledged not to charge abortion cases are up for election in: Maricopa County, Arizona Pasco & Pinellas counties, Florida Bexar, Dallas, & Tarrant counties, Texas
HOW YOU CAN HELP
FEATURED FUND : DEFEND ABORTION RIGHTS
The Midterm Elections determine whether tens of millions of people can exercise their reproductive rights their reproductive rights, and at what risk.
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SUPPORT ABORTION ACCESS
Directly support local abortion funds. They have the on-the-ground knowledge and expertise on how to help those in ned access abortion services.
FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR STATE
Abortion access and penalties across the country are in a state of flux. Check to see what is going on with the laws in your state and find out about the different types of bans.
HOW TO GET ABORTION INFORMATION
Find information and resources to access an abortion, including: your closest clinic, the Abortion Funds in your state, and support networks.