Lt. Governor Sylvia Luke Joins Multi-State Reproductive Freedom Coalition

HONOLULU — Hawaiʻi Lieutenant Governor Sylvia Luke has joined a group of 22 lieutenant governors in the formation of a Reproductive Freedom Coalition. Luke met with lieutenant governors and seconds-in-command during her March visit to the National Lieutenant Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C.

The multi-state coalition representing more than 165 million people plans to work together to protect and expand reproductive freedom and access to health care in the wake of unprecedented attacks following the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Hawaiʻi was the first state to legalize abortion and we have continued to be at the forefront of efforts to protect and expand access to reproductive health care,” said Lt. Gov. Luke. “The signing of Senate Bill 1 is a huge step in ensuring access to essential health care and securing reproductive freedom throughout the Aloha State.”

The lieutenant governors who have joined the coalition are:

  • Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes
  • California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis
  • Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz
  • Colorado Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera
  • Delaware Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long
  • Guam Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio
  • Hawaiʻi Lieutenant Governor Sylvia Luke
  • Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton
  • President of the Maine Senate Troy Jackson
  • Maryland Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller
  • Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll
  • Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist
  • Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan
  • New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver
  • New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales
  • New York Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado
  • Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan
  • Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis
  • Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos
  • Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman
  • Washington Lieutenant Governor Denny Heck
  • Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Sara Rodriguez

The formation of the Reproductive Freedom Coalition was spearheaded by Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz. The network will work as a united front to share model legislation and executive orders, methods protecting health care providers from prosecution, ways to maximize federal funds for reproductive health care, and means of support for manufacturers of abortion medication and contraception as they face legal uncertainty.


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