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Kayla Frawley

Kayla Frawley

Kayla Frawley (she/her/hers) is a single mom in Denver, former midwife, and currently the abortion rights and reproductive justice director with ProgressNow.

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White supremacy and the post-Roe pregnancy-to-prison pipeline

By: - June 8, 2022

This month our nation prepares for the Supreme Court announcement of overturning Roe v. Wade. As we turn the clock back to 1973, we must acknowledge that our complacency in white supremacy got us here half a century later. Roe v. Wade is the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision made in 1973, which ruled the […]

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Denver can do better than pay millions for ineffective technology to reduce gun violence

By: - February 25, 2022

On the evening of Jan. 3, I was among many other neighbors and concerned citizens who stayed online till 9 p.m. to testify at a Denver City Council meeting in opposition or support of the new contract that the Denver Police Department made with ShotSpotter. ShotSpotter is a technology that is supposed to pick up […]

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Maternal health is worsened by the housing crisis in Colorado

By: - November 4, 2021

On Oct. 11, Boulder Police found Jessica Aldama and her newborn, both dead, near 5847 Arapahoe Ave. The initial news coverage did not include that Jessica’s newborn was also found dead with her. The Boulder police spokesperson concluded that there was no indication of foul play. An article in the Daily Camera — which is […]

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Meet the parent leaders behind Colorado’s biggest tax reform in decades

By: - June 16, 2021

After a difficult year for working parents — during which 4 million working moms had to leave the workforce due to lack of child care — the recently completed Colorado legislative session brought some welcomed hope for working families. Out of several historic legislative victories, one of the biggest wins for low-income workers and families […]

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All I want for Mother’s Day is for lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 62

By: - May 7, 2021

Every year before Mother’s Day I pull out The Action Network’s link to its Black Mamas Bail Out fund to donate. I join dozens of other organizations in cities across the nation to bail out as many mothers as possible who may otherwise spend Mother’s Day in jail because they simply could not afford cash […]

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Why Colorado needs to pass the birth equity bill package

By: - March 8, 2021

As long as outcomes in infant and maternal health are not disaggregated by race and ethnicity by each provider or facility, we will never capture a true idea of how well certain providers are servicing families of color. Without this data, we are losing an opportunity to address racial inequities in infant and maternal care. […]

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Colorado needs a human rights approach to maternity care

By: - February 11, 2021

Racial inequities are on full display in light of COVID-19, but they have been drastic pre-pandemic for families of color giving birth. Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die due to pregnancy-related issues. Native American and Indigenous women are two to three times more likely to die from complications that are often preventable […]

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How much longer will we ignore Rep. Boebert’s bond to white supremacy?

By: - January 23, 2021

I remember hearing about a Sarah-Palin-like figure who would be my generation’s representation of the newest Republican leaders. Due to my own white complacency, I hadn’t realized how incredibly dangerous this woman, who now represents Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, could be. On Jan. 6, violent domestic terrorism was done to the U.S. Capitol by white […]

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Let doulas into the birth room now

By: - October 15, 2020

By now, thanks to Serena Williams, Beyonce, and other Black mothers who are pop culture icons, the disparity that Black women and women of color face in regards to maternal mortality, infant mortality, and birth outcomes due to racism has become general knowledge. Black women die of pregnancy-related conditions at three to four times higher […]

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Why Colorado needs home birth midwives, now more than ever

By: - September 22, 2020

Imagine, leaving a 23-hour labor and birth, after mom birthed the baby in the family’s living room right alongside her wife. All night she labored, with the lights low, in her home, in the hands of a safe provider, where she could grab snacks filled with protein or Gatorade from her own fridge. In the […]