ICYMI: 5 Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Actions So Far This Month
August 18, 2022
Brandon Richards, Director of Communications
In case you missed it, here are a few actions related to sexual and reproductive health care, specifically abortion, that happened this month:
- POLLING continues to show that overturning Roe v Wade and eliminating access to legal abortion care is incredibly unpopular and could have a major impact on the November midterm elections.
- Navigator Research found that “four in five continue to say the decision to get an abortion should be left to the women and their doctors” and “seven in ten support federal protection for access to contraception.”
- USA Today/Ipsos found “seven in ten Americans say they would support their state using such a ballot measure [as in Kansas] to determine state-level abortion rights” with “over half of Americans say they would vote in favor of abortion legality.”
- UnidosUS/ Mi Familia Vota survey found “for the first time, abortion has entered the top-five issues concerning Latino voters,” including that “More than 70 percent of respondents said the procedure should be legal regardless of their personal beliefs” and “More than half of survey respondents said they did not want elected officials to pass regulations on the procedure.”
This is great news for the “Yes on Proposition 1” campaign (which Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California has endorsed) seeking to amend the California state Constitution to protect access to abortion and contraception this November! Learn more: www.YesOn1CA.com!
2. LEGISLATIVE ACTION continues here in California as the Legislature gears up for their final two weeks. The good news is ALL of the California Future of Abortion Council bills successfully made it out of appropriations and are now eligible for floor votes. Given that some of the bills were accomplished through the budget process (already finished) it is possible a few do not proceed any further.
3. CALIFORNIA’s NATIONAL LEADERSHIP was on display last week as Vice President Kamala Harris came to San Francisco to meet with California elected officials and reproductive health, rights, and justice leaders to highlight the work being done to protect AND expand access to abortion and how that work—through the California Future of Abortion Council—can be a model for the rest of the nation. Here’s the read out and VP Harris’ remarks. Also in attendance:
- ELECTED OFFICIALS IN ATTENDANCE: Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Attorney General Rob Bonta, Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins, State Senator Nancy Skinner, State Senator Sydney Kamlager, State Senator Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator Susan Rubio, State Senator Monique Limon, Assemblymember Mia Bonta, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Assemblymember Evan Low, Assemblymember Matt Haney, Suison City Mayor Lori Wilson, & San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu.
- REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, RIGHTS, AND JUSTICE LEADERS IN ATTENDANCE: Gilda Gonzales, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Northern California, Lisa Matsubara, Vice President of Policy and General Counsel for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, Jessica Pinckney, Executive Director of ACCESS REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE, Shannon Olivieri Hovis, Director of NARAL Pro-Choice California, Flor Hunt, Executive Director of Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare (TEACH), Amy Moy, Chief External Affairs Officer at Essential Access Health, & Andria Hancock-Crear, Board President of Black Women for Wellness Action Project
4. ABORTION PROVIDERS CALL ON MEDIA TO HELP STOP MISINFORMATION as more legal gray areas pop up every day and confusion around state law intensifies. In an effort to combat mis/dis information, providers from across the country – including Planned Parenthood Federation of America – signed onto a public letter urging media outlets to stop giving airtime to anti-abortion people spreading false medical information. Read the letter here.
“We know your reporting standards are to cover “both sides” of any debate. Medicine and science are not up for debate. Health care is not a matter of opinion, it is a matter of fact. And the fact is, abortion is not in the realm of theory or belief. Abortion belongs in health care, social services, and public health reporting.”
5. PRESS COVERAGE is under attack by extreme anti-abortion politicians in some states, leading to 26 news organizations, including California’s CalMatters, to sign onto a letter urging the federal government to protect press who cover abortion. Read the letter here.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) is the state public policy office representing California’s seven separately incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates. Through advocacy and electoral action, PPAC promotes sound public policy in areas of sexual and reproductive health care and sex education.