DENVER: As the struggle for abortion rights across America intensifies ahead of the possible repeal of Roe v. Wade that could come at any time, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, announced the hire of a new Abortion and Reproductive Rights Director, Kayla Frawley, to fight for safe, legal, and accessible abortion in Colorado no matter what happens at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kayla Frawley is a transformational leader who focuses on community design in policy and advocacy. She has experience in the policy portfolios of reproductive health, birth equity, tax policy, and family economic security. As the former Manager of Policy & Advocacy at Clayton Early Learning, she co-convened the Raise Colorado Coalition, and managed the Parent Ambassador Program – bridging parent leadership and state policy. Under Kayla’s leadership the Ambassador program grew by 300%. She is a former Maternal-Child Health Educator at Denver Health, a faculty member of the Birth Equity Leadership Academy with HealthOne Connect and a single mom in Denver, Colorado.
As a former Midwife and former Midwifery educator, Kayla taught for the Association of Texas Midwives. She successfully introduced a new curriculum that further addressed perinatal racial disparities, Trauma-Informed Care, and anti-oppressive practices for midwifery students in three different Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council (MEAC) institutions in the US. Kayla received her Midwifery training at Maternidad La Luz, located in El Paso, Texas – serving families predominantly from Ciudad Juarez and the state of Chihuahua, Mexico; she has worked with Spanish/English speaking communities for 10+ years. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, specializing in Medical Anthropology from New Mexico State University – where she is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health, specializing in community health & social welfare policy.
“I am thrilled to join such a talented team with so many powerful partners as we tackle unprecedented times and advocate for abortion and reproductive rights,” said Abortion and Reproductive Rights Director Kayla Frawley. “The stakes have never been higher, and Colorado’s leadership on abortion rights matters now more than ever.”