ICYMI: Worst Year for Abortion Restrictions Emphasizes Need for California to Build on Reproductive Freedom Status
October 7, 2021
Brandon Richards, Director of Communications
In case you missed it, a new report from Guttmacher Institute confirms that 2021 has been the worst year for abortion rights since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. In fact, more than 106 abortion restrictions have been enacted in 19 states, including 12 abortion bans.
The continued assault on people’s constitutional right to access abortion highlights the importance of California’s continued leadership in protecting people’s right and expanding access to sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion.
Just this month, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California in partnership with Black Women for Wellness, Access Reproductive Justice, National Health Law Program, and NARAL Pro-Choice California launched the first ever California Future of Abortion Council – CA FAB COUNCIL – to bring together researchers, advocates, policy makers, providers, patients, and key constituents to determine potential challenges in the state and recommend solutions that will continue to provide stability and sanctuary for both Californians and those who may seek services here from out of state.
“With access to abortion under attack like never before, it is absolutely essential for California to build upon its status as a Reproductive Freedom state,” said Jodi Hicks, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. “Thankfully, we have leaders at nearly every level across the state supportive of our efforts to increase access to abortion, and other sexual and reproductive health care. We look forward to working with the CA FAB Council and leaders across the state in the coming months to ensure California is in the best position to provide essential care to all who seek it here – including those forced to travel from their home state due to extreme or unconstitutional restrictions in place.”
Already, California Planned Parenthood health centers have seen an average of 2-3 Texans per day since September 1, 2021 – when the unconstitutional Texas abortion ban was allowed to remain in effect by the U.S. Supreme Court while the legal battle plays out in the lower courts.
Learn more about the California Future of Abortion Council here and what leaders across the state are saying about it 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.