Aimee Arrambide

Aimee Arrambide - 2017 Nominee
Position: Program Manager and Reproductive Rights Policy Specialist
Organization: Public Leadership Institute
Current Location: United States, North America
Juris Doctor from New York Law School
Aimee believes access to the full range of reproductive health care empowers people to achieve their potential. She advocates for access through proactive policy at the Public Leadership Institute and as a board member of Fund Texas Choice. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I had the idea to create a book of model legislation for state and local abortion rights advocates across the country. I proposed this idea to a foundation and was hired in 2015 to help make the book a reality, coedited the “Playbook for Abortion Rights,” and for the past 18 months have been helping advocates use the book to expand access to family planning, abortion care, and reproductive health care in their communities. As of May 2017, 2,500 copies of the Playbook have been distributed to state legislators and advocates in all 50 states. So far this year, the Playbook has helped encourage the introduction of 118 proactive “abortion out loud” policies in 33 states and 4 localities.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My father was an abortion provider in Texas who provided care in San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Laredo, traveling weekly to accommodate the most oppressed and disenfranchised. He was the first in his family to graduate college and earn a professional degree, and emphasized the importance of education. He chose to be an abortion provider because he believed that providing women the choice of whether and when to start a family was essential to fulfilling an individuals potential.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I display leadership by recruiting and fostering individuals who want to pursue reproductive rights, health, and justice and by using my positions at the Public Leadership Institute, Fund Texas Choice, and ReproAction to connect people within my networks so that our movement is filled with as much talent and passion as possible. I encourage the use of innovation and bold action in order to change the methods on how we pursue justice and emphasize leadership through guided autonomy .

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

I would like to explore a project that would provide emergency contraception to Texans who cannot otherwise access it. Because of the unique structure and mission of Fund Texas Choice and the fact that we are providing input to organizations across the country to replicate our work, we could help improve access to emergency contraception across the country. It seems like a natural expansion for the organization and a worthy contribution to its family planning work in Texas.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
#TxHandmaids at the #TXLege #FightBackTX #AbortionIsHealthCare, In front of the Supreme Court during the oral arguments for Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. , Testifying before the Texas Department of State Health Services on anti-abortion rules and regulations.

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