Why a Scorecard & Why Now?
Since day one of his administration, Trump has been unleashing relentless attacks on reproductive freedom. From imposing a global gag rule, to a domestic gag rule, from packing federal courts with anti-choice judges to empowering anti-choice states to pass extreme anti-choice legislation in order to be heard at a newly conservative Supreme Court, we need to do all we can to protect reproductive freedom in our state. The stakes have never been higher.
Bolder State Advocacy:
With a slim, one-seat pro-choice majority in the Senate, we are able to make strides in protecting reproductive freedom with the passage of the Reproductive Parity Act. But we know that it will take an even stronger majority, and much bolder legislation, to ensure access is afforded to every Washingtonian.
All legislators were scored on their participation in the 2018 legislative session on a numerical scale with certain actions, such as prime sponsorship, given more points. Prior legislative work and scores were not taken into account. This scorecard is meant to be a yearly snapshot of work.
Grading Scale Definitions
(A) Pro-Choice Champions
Champions devote tremendous time and energy to protecting and expanding choice through bills and policies. They proactively and publicly utilize their platform to speak up and push to expand reproductive access.
(B) Pro-Choice Allies
Allies are strong advocates for reproductive freedom by helping advance an agenda that expands and protects choice. They do more than just vote; they use the power of their office and position to positively impact reproductive freedom.
(C) Pro-Choice Supporters
Supporters vote to protect and expand reproductive freedom. They show up consistently to support legislation for a full range of reproductive healthcare options.
(D) Mixed-Choice Legislator
Mixed-choice legislators occasionally vote for policies protecting reproductive freedom, but work against ensuring access to abortion and birth-control.
(F) Anti-Choice Legislator
Anti-choice legislators fail in the fight for reproductive freedom. They actively and fervently work to deny Washingtonians reproductive freedom and roll back abortion access.