On Monday, the California State Assembly approved the constitutional amendment and it is now up to the voters to decide whether it will become law.
“This constitutional amendment will provide access to safe and legal abortion as well as contraception in the California State Constitution,” said California Assembly member Buffy Wicks, who voted in favor of the amendment. “And it will ensure that no court case, no federal law can replace it, if it is in our constitution.”
Following the Supreme Court ruling last week to overturn Roe v. Wade, state lawmakers have moved on to strengthen abortion rights in California.
Currently, the state constitution protects the right to privacy in health care decisions, which has been interpreted to include abortion rights. But the amendment would make it clearer.
The amendment states: “The state should not deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom in his or her most intimate decisions, which include his or her fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and his or her fundamental right to choose or refuse contraception.”
NOTE: The California State Assembly has approved a constitutional amendment that enshrines abortion and contraception rights in the state constitution. This will now go to voters on the November ballot. If it passes, it will become law. # SCA10
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Jonathan Keller, chairman of the California Family Council, an anti-abortion religious group, called the amendment “extreme even for California.”
“I think it will be really interesting because it will be the first time in California that someone has a clear vote in favor or a negative vote on any abortion-related issue since 2008,” Keller said. “Normally everything is filtered through Republicans against Democrats and everything else, and having a clear yes or no will be interesting.”
Keller said that if the amendment is approved in November, they will try to find legal avenues to challenge the law.
Wicks said she was sure it would pass. He said that if there is ever a nationwide ban on abortions, the amendment will ensure that abortion rights always remain in California.
“I think what we need to anticipate is that what happened to the Supreme Court is just the beginning and that Republicans want to push it even harder, including against contraception,” he said.
“And so it’s an obligation in a place like California,” he added. “And as someone who had an abortion and had to make that decision, I was able to make that decision on my own terms and that is essentially the point.”
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