Rebecca Griffin

Rebecca Griffin - 2017 Nominee
Position: Associate Director, California Programs
Organization: NARAL Pro-Choice California
Current Location: United States, North America
B.A. from University of New Hampshire
Rebecca has been leading NARAL California's statewide campaigns, including spearheading the Reproductive FACT Act, which has created stronger regulations on crisis pregnancy centers, and more recently the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act. – Allie Lahey, Program Manager at NARAL Pro-Choice California
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I lead campaigns to pass proactive legislation in California and provide a national model for playing offense on reproductive freedom. In 2015, I led a campaign that passed the first ever statewide bill cracking down on anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers. Through a concerted campaign of grassroots organizing, media outreach, lobbying and coalition building, we were finally able to fight back against their campaign of misinformation and manipulation. I also worked to make Oakland the second city in the country to pass an ordinance banning false advertising by CPCs.
This year I’m working to pass a bill that prohibits discrimination based on reproductive health choices and a bill to create a pro-choice license plate to fund family planning services for low-income Californians.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I wouldn’t be the person I am today without access to family planning services. The ability to control our reproductive lives means we can choose our own futures. It’s heartbreaking to see women denied control over their lives because there are people determined to make access family planning services as difficult as possible. To get the political, cultural and economic influence we should have, and live the lives we want to live, every person must have access to family planning services.

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

I lead campaigns that put California at the forefront of passing innovative legislation to protect and expand reproductive freedom. Bills I have worked on are now being replicated in states like Hawaii and Nevada. At a time when reproductive rights are under attack, this work is critical to keep things moving in a progressive, pro-choice direction and demonstrate what it looks like when the reproductive freedom movement has political power and uses it.

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 will use this profile to encourage people to think boldly about how we can push the envelope on fighting for reproductive freedom. Our work as advocates for access to family planning services is vital, life-saving work, and we should be proud and aggressive in demanding access. I will use the grant to engage new activists in the fight to pass pro-choice legislation and hold our leaders accountable for standing up for reproductive freedom.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Testifying in the Assembly Labor Committee in favor of AB 569, with NARAL supporters at the committee hearing for Oakland false advertising ordinance, with CA Senators Holly Mitchell and Ed Hernandez and reproductive health advocates

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