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Rebecca Goldman

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Justice Reform Legislative and Policy Specialist

Rebecca Goldman serves as the Justice Reform Legislative and Policy Specialist with the League of Women Voters of the United States. A member of the Advocacy and Litigation department, Rebecca supports LWVUS and League affiliates in developing the League’s national policy agenda and campaign strategy before Congress and the Administration, as well as in advancing state and local legislative initiatives on the League’s urgent issue areas. She also supports the League in the implementation of its advocacy efforts.

Prior to joining the League, Rebecca served in the non-profit sector addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights, economic inequity, and food insecurity through research, advocacy, public education, and direct service provision. She has crafted written testimony before the Maryland General Assembly and engaged in congressional advocacy, co-authoring a peer-reviewed journal article on the impact of a federal international policy on health systems and outcomes.

In advance of the 2020 presidential election, Rebecca volunteered to assist with voter registration, education, and mobilization. Encountering disinformation and voter suppression, she became interested in the intersection of democracy and justice.

Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Cornell University, with minors in Spanish, human development, and English with a concentration in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. With a passion for human beings, and the conviction that the personal is political, Rebecca is delighted to work with the League to help address systemic inequity and advance representation in our democracy.

In June 2022, the US Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, ending the federal constitutional right to abortion. This ruling eliminated a fundamental right that women and people who may become pregnant held for nearly fifty years and left the right to abortion up to federal and state legislation. 

One year after Dobbs, 20 states are enforcing more limited abortion bans than before the ruling, including 14 states that have banned abortion at conception. Additionally, many have implemented other restrictions that make abortion less accessible.

Throughout 2023, we have seen an unprecedented number of legislative attacks on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other sexual and gender minority (LGBTQIA+) individuals, particularly transgender (trans) and non-binary youth. These attacks, accompanied and “justified” by false and pathologizing narratives about LGBTQIA+ people, have devastating consequences for the community’s physical and psychological well-being. 

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protects certain people who immigrated to the United States as children from being deported. Since the program began in 2012, DACA has allowed more than 800,000 people to remain in the US, where they attend school, work, and raise their families as vital members of our communities. 

Without the ability to make reproductive decisions for one’s body, those who can become pregnant cannot participate equally in our democracy.

Further, since the Dobbs decision reversing the right to abortion, numerous state governments have introduced legislation directly or indirectly related to reproductive rights, challenging doctrines of US democracy. 

In November 2022, the League sent delegates in person and virtually to observe the COP27 Climate Change Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Experts highlighted ways in which climate change disproportionately affects women and girls, who are insufficiently represented in climate change response decision-making. 

In June 2022, the US Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey and ending the federal constitutional right to abortion. As the Supreme Court no longer recognizes the right to abortion as protected by the US Constitution, this ruling makes state constitutional amendments even more significant, leaving the right to abortion up to federal or state laws. 

On August 16, the President signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law. The law approves more than 700 billion dollars in federal investments aimed at reducing the national deficit, combating climate change, and lowering health care costs.  

Gun violence has a relatively more devastating impact on certain groups of people, including the LGBTQIA+ community. The disproportionate impact of gun violence on the LGBTQIA+ community makes gun safety a vital protection for community members.

The recently leaked US Supreme Court draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization threatens to overturn the constitutional protection of abortion. If this decision is published, reproductive rights are predicted to largely become a state legislative issue.