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How officials in California are reacting to Roe v. Wade being overturned

The Supreme Court on Friday ended nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion across the country in a 5-4 decision that overturned Roe v. Wade. The right to obtain an abortion in California is protected until the fetus is considered viable and in cases where the procedure is necessary to save the patient’s life or health.Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom also signed legislation in March that removed some financial barriers to abortion services. Under the law, insurance providers or health insurance plans are banned from requiring cost-sharing payments such as deductibles, coinsurance or copayments for abortions or abortion-related care.And Planned Parenthood of California stressed that more than 100 centers across the state continue to provide abortion services. Here is how officials in California are reacting to the decision. Gov. Gavin Newsom Gov. Newsom tweeted a video featuring him and the Democratic governors of Oregon and Washington saying they will protect reproductive freedom. Newsom said it was time to “fight like hell.” He later held a press conference with more California leaders. Click here for that story. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi”Today, the Republican-controlled Supreme Court has achieved their dark, extreme goal of ripping away women’s right to make their own reproductive health decisions. Because of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, the Republican Party and their supermajority on the Supreme Court, American women today have less freedom than their mothers,” Pelosi said. She added that “radical Republicans are charging ahead with their crusade to criminalize health freedom” and shouldn’t be allowed to take control of Congress. GOP Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy tweeted that “the people have won a victory” and the “right to life has been vindicated.” Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento“Today, the Supreme Court has overturned Americans’ fundamental right to health freedom – the right for women to make decisions about their own bodies. For half a century, Roe has been the law of the land, but today, decades of coordinated, cruel attacks have realized the extremists’ goal of eviscerating access to abortion care. This decision is devastating, but it cannot and will not stop us from continuing to fight for the rights of women and all Americans.“I am deeply heartbroken and angered by the gravity of this decision. The consequences of this ruling cannot be understated – eliminating access to safe, legal abortion will exacerbate existing inequalities in communities of color, low-income populations and all marginalized groups already facing obstacles to obtaining reproductive care. Today’s ruling permits twenty-six states in waiting to quickly ban abortion, allowing government interference with our personal privacy to deny more than 36 million people across the United States access to this fundamental freedom.“In California, we continue to lead on abortion rights and access to reproductive health care – and I am confident that our state leaders will continue their work to ensure these rights remain protected and accessible across our state. Yet, we will not stand idly by while millions have their rights stripped away. We will not let this decision set us back generations. We must continue to speak out, stand up, and do all we can to fight back.”Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale “Today’s Supreme Court decision repealing Roe is a win for the right to life, for the unborn, and the constitution. Nearly fifty years ago, a partisan Court created a right to abort a child out of thin air. Overturning Roe does not ban abortion, but rightfully returns the abortion debate back to Congress and State Legislatures. In our Representative Republic, those elected by the people should be the ones to create laws and balance tradeoffs, not judges. It is past time that the radical Democrat one party rule stop imposing their immoral and dangerous agenda on the American people,” LaMalfa said in a statement.California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-LakewoodCalifornia Senate President pro tempore Toni Atkins, D-San Diego“I share the searing fury felt by the majority of Americans who are angry and scared for what this Supreme Court decision means—for the lives of their daughters, granddaughters, and loved ones. For the lives of everyone who will be left without options as a result of this regressive decision. With this ruling, the Supreme Court has turned its back on safety and equality. But in California, those values remain firmly rooted. Here, pregnant individuals and their families will always be entitled to dignity, understanding, and reproductive choice.“During my time running a women’s health clinic, I saw firsthand what lack of access meant. I listened to and learned from a distraught mother whose daughter died after an illegal abortion, and helped women understand all of their options when they thought they had none. We will not be shoved back into the dark days of desperate decisions. Abortion is health care and the decision to have one lies solely with the patient. California will not leave people vulnerable to the tyranny of a loud minority.”United States Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif.“The right to an abortion is an essential right. But today, six right-wing justices on the Supreme Court cast aside half a century of precedent to overturn Roe v. Wade. This draconian decision will deprive millions of Americans of the basic freedom to make decisions for their own bodies. It also jeopardizes other fundamental civil rights, like the right to marry who you love, the right to privacy, and the right to access contraception.“I refuse to accept a reality in which women across the country are stripped of the right to make their own decisions about their reproductive health. And the American people shouldn’t accept this either. I will do everything I can in the Senate to enshrine reproductive rights in federal law. But with so much on the line, I also urge every American to make their voice heard, especially at the ballot box, to ensure that this generation of women is not left with fewer rights than their mothers.“Let’s be clear: today’s decision is the direct result of a Republican effort to radicalize our Supreme Court. Now, in decision after decision, a radical right-wing majority of Republican-appointed justices is rewriting history and overturning settled precedents in order to undo hard-won progress. In doing so, they have provoked a crisis of legitimacy at the Supreme Court.”Padilla is a co-sponsor of a bill that would guarantee access and the right to abortion services in the U.S. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove“The Supreme Court’s decision today to overturn Roe v. Wade is a devastating blow to women’s rights and reproductive health care. By dismantling the constitutional protections under Roe, the Supreme Court is opening the floodgates for radical politicians to get in the way of women and their own personal health care decisions.“As a doctor, I strongly believe that the decisions made in the exam room should be made between a patient and their physician, not outside politicians. I will never stop fighting for a woman’s right to make her own health decisions, including access to full reproductive health care. I’m calling on the Senate to immediately pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify the rights under Roe to ensure that every American has the right to control their own bodies and futures.”Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is both horrifying and heartbreaking. The right to abortion has been guaranteed in our country for almost half a century and today millions of women across our nation have had that right ripped away. “I am very aware that my own ability to have a successful business career, to serve our country oversees as a U.S. Ambassador, and become the first woman elected Lt. Governor of California have been a result of being able to make my own decisions about if, and when, I wanted to have children. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court took away that decision for millions of women across our country, allowing their government to decide for them.  “Despite today’s horrific decision, California has been preparing to meet this moment and ensure that both Californians and those who come here from other states to seek abortion care can continue to do so. I am proud to co-sponsor SCA 10 which will enshrine the right to abortion into our state constitution – a more urgent effort than ever before. With 14 bills moving through the legislature to protect and expand the right to abortion as well as the Governor’s historic proposed budget investments, our state will continue to do everything possible to protect this fundamental right. “California will never back down from this fight.”Attorney General Rob Bonta“This is a dark moment for our country. This court’s decision is outrageous, unprecedented, and dangerous. It blasts our nation back into the dark ages. Millions are now facing a stark reality when it comes to their right to choose. People all across the nation — their bodies, futures, and families — will be hurt by this decision. But, in California, we refuse to turn back the clock and let politicians exert control over a person’s body. Despite the decision, abortion remains fully protected here in California. We’ll keep fighting to strengthen and expand access to safe and legal abortion. As Attorney General, I will use the full force of the law and the full authority of my office to protect reproductive healthcare for every person who seeks it in California. Abortion remains a legally protected right in our state and, in California, we won’t backslide.” Dr. Richard Pan, Democratic state senator representing Sacramento“This backward decision by the Supreme Court will endanger the health and even lives of millions of American women founded on willful ignorance of the history, legal precedence and medical science of abortion care. I am deeply concerned we have begun a new and unjust era in the United States which robs pregnant people of their dignity, control over their own bodies and the right to access abortion health care. Additionally, reactionary justices have signaled a desire to further overturn other legal precedence to remove additional rights from Americans to advance their political ideologies over our freedom and well-being.”As a physician, I know that abortion care is health care, and I will not stop fighting for the rights of all to access abortion care in California and the United States. In 2010, I first ran for the California legislature on women’s reproductive rights including access to abortion, and I was the only Democrat to take a Republican district in any state or federal race that election. Health care, including abortion care, must be a private decision between a patient and her doctor.”We can all do our part to stand up for justice by marching in solidarity with those standing up for abortion health care, and by voting. This November, all Californians will have the opportunity to vote to enact a constitutional amendment to enshrine the right to abortion health care in the great State of California. I am proud to have voted to place this amendment on the ballot, and I ask voters to pass the critical amendment so abortion rights are secure.”–CNN contributed to this story.

The Supreme Court on Friday ended nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion across the country in a 5-4 decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

The right to obtain an abortion in California is protected until the fetus is considered viable and in cases where the procedure is necessary to save the patient’s life or health.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom also signed legislation in March that removed some financial barriers to abortion services. Under the law, insurance providers or health insurance plans are banned from requiring cost-sharing payments such as deductibles, coinsurance or copayments for abortions or abortion-related care.

And Planned Parenthood of California stressed that more than 100 centers across the state continue to provide abortion services.

Here is how officials in California are reacting to the decision.

Gov. Gavin Newsom

Gov. Newsom tweeted a video featuring him and the Democratic governors of Oregon and Washington saying they will protect reproductive freedom.

Newsom said it was time to “fight like hell.”

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He later held a press conference with more California leaders. Click here for that story.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

“Today, the Republican-controlled Supreme Court has achieved their dark, extreme goal of ripping away women’s right to make their own reproductive health decisions. Because of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, the Republican Party and their supermajority on the Supreme Court, American women today have less freedom than their mothers,” Pelosi said.

She added that “radical Republicans are charging ahead with their crusade to criminalize health freedom” and shouldn’t be allowed to take control of Congress.

GOP Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy tweeted that “the people have won a victory” and the “right to life has been vindicated.”

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Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento

“Today, the Supreme Court has overturned Americans’ fundamental right to health freedom – the right for women to make decisions about their own bodies. For half a century, Roe has been the law of the land, but today, decades of coordinated, cruel attacks have realized the extremists’ goal of eviscerating access to abortion care. This decision is devastating, but it cannot and will not stop us from continuing to fight for the rights of women and all Americans.

“I am deeply heartbroken and angered by the gravity of this decision. The consequences of this ruling cannot be understated – eliminating access to safe, legal abortion will exacerbate existing inequalities in communities of color, low-income populations and all marginalized groups already facing obstacles to obtaining reproductive care. Today’s ruling permits twenty-six states in waiting to quickly ban abortion, allowing government interference with our personal privacy to deny more than 36 million people across the United States access to this fundamental freedom.

“In California, we continue to lead on abortion rights and access to reproductive health care – and I am confident that our state leaders will continue their work to ensure these rights remain protected and accessible across our state. Yet, we will not stand idly by while millions have their rights stripped away. We will not let this decision set us back generations. We must continue to speak out, stand up, and do all we can to fight back.”

Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale

“Today’s Supreme Court decision repealing Roe is a win for the right to life, for the unborn, and the constitution. Nearly fifty years ago, a partisan Court created a right to abort a child out of thin air. Overturning Roe does not ban abortion, but rightfully returns the abortion debate back to Congress and State Legislatures. In our Representative Republic, those elected by the people should be the ones to create laws and balance tradeoffs, not judges. It is past time that the radical Democrat one party rule stop imposing their immoral and dangerous agenda on the American people,” LaMalfa said in a statement.

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood

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California Senate President pro tempore Toni Atkins, D-San Diego

“I share the searing fury felt by the majority of Americans who are angry and scared for what this Supreme Court decision means—for the lives of their daughters, granddaughters, and loved ones. For the lives of everyone who will be left without options as a result of this regressive decision. With this ruling, the Supreme Court has turned its back on safety and equality. But in California, those values remain firmly rooted. Here, pregnant individuals and their families will always be entitled to dignity, understanding, and reproductive choice.

“During my time running a women’s health clinic, I saw firsthand what lack of access meant. I listened to and learned from a distraught mother whose daughter died after an illegal abortion, and helped women understand all of their options when they thought they had none. We will not be shoved back into the dark days of desperate decisions. Abortion is health care and the decision to have one lies solely with the patient. California will not leave people vulnerable to the tyranny of a loud minority.”

United States Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif.

“The right to an abortion is an essential right. But today, six right-wing justices on the Supreme Court cast aside half a century of precedent to overturn Roe v. Wade. This draconian decision will deprive millions of Americans of the basic freedom to make decisions for their own bodies. It also jeopardizes other fundamental civil rights, like the right to marry who you love, the right to privacy, and the right to access contraception.

“I refuse to accept a reality in which women across the country are stripped of the right to make their own decisions about their reproductive health. And the American people shouldn’t accept this either. I will do everything I can in the Senate to enshrine reproductive rights in federal law. But with so much on the line, I also urge every American to make their voice heard, especially at the ballot box, to ensure that this generation of women is not left with fewer rights than their mothers.

“Let’s be clear: today’s decision is the direct result of a Republican effort to radicalize our Supreme Court. Now, in decision after decision, a radical right-wing majority of Republican-appointed justices is rewriting history and overturning settled precedents in order to undo hard-won progress. In doing so, they have provoked a crisis of legitimacy at the Supreme Court.”

Padilla is a co-sponsor of a bill that would guarantee access and the right to abortion services in the U.S.

Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove

“The Supreme Court’s decision today to overturn Roe v. Wade is a devastating blow to women’s rights and reproductive health care. By dismantling the constitutional protections under Roe, the Supreme Court is opening the floodgates for radical politicians to get in the way of women and their own personal health care decisions.

“As a doctor, I strongly believe that the decisions made in the exam room should be made between a patient and their physician, not outside politicians. I will never stop fighting for a woman’s right to make her own health decisions, including access to full reproductive health care. I’m calling on the Senate to immediately pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify the rights under Roe to ensure that every American has the right to control their own bodies and futures.”

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is both horrifying and heartbreaking. The right to abortion has been guaranteed in our country for almost half a century and today millions of women across our nation have had that right ripped away.

“I am very aware that my own ability to have a successful business career, to serve our country oversees as a U.S. Ambassador, and become the first woman elected Lt. Governor of California have been a result of being able to make my own decisions about if, and when, I wanted to have children. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court took away that decision for millions of women across our country, allowing their government to decide for them.  

“Despite today’s horrific decision, California has been preparing to meet this moment and ensure that both Californians and those who come here from other states to seek abortion care can continue to do so. I am proud to co-sponsor SCA 10 which will enshrine the right to abortion into our state constitution – a more urgent effort than ever before. With 14 bills moving through the legislature to protect and expand the right to abortion as well as the Governor’s historic proposed budget investments, our state will continue to do everything possible to protect this fundamental right.

“California will never back down from this fight.”

Attorney General Rob Bonta

“This is a dark moment for our country. This court’s decision is outrageous, unprecedented, and dangerous. It blasts our nation back into the dark ages. Millions are now facing a stark reality when it comes to their right to choose. People all across the nation — their bodies, futures, and families — will be hurt by this decision. But, in California, we refuse to turn back the clock and let politicians exert control over a person’s body. Despite the decision, abortion remains fully protected here in California. We’ll keep fighting to strengthen and expand access to safe and legal abortion. As Attorney General, I will use the full force of the law and the full authority of my office to protect reproductive healthcare for every person who seeks it in California. Abortion remains a legally protected right in our state and, in California, we won’t backslide.”

Dr. Richard Pan, Democratic state senator representing Sacramento

“This backward decision by the Supreme Court will endanger the health and even lives of millions of American women founded on willful ignorance of the history, legal precedence and medical science of abortion care. I am deeply concerned we have begun a new and unjust era in the United States which robs pregnant people of their dignity, control over their own bodies and the right to access abortion health care. Additionally, reactionary justices have signaled a desire to further overturn other legal precedence to remove additional rights from Americans to advance their political ideologies over our freedom and well-being.

“As a physician, I know that abortion care is health care, and I will not stop fighting for the rights of all to access abortion care in California and the United States. In 2010, I first ran for the California legislature on women’s reproductive rights including access to abortion, and I was the only Democrat to take a Republican district in any state or federal race that election. Health care, including abortion care, must be a private decision between a patient and her doctor.

“We can all do our part to stand up for justice by marching in solidarity with those standing up for abortion health care, and by voting. This November, all Californians will have the opportunity to vote to enact a constitutional amendment to enshrine the right to abortion health care in the great State of California. I am proud to have voted to place this amendment on the ballot, and I ask voters to pass the critical amendment so abortion rights are secure.”

–CNN contributed to this story.

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